By Kristan Krogman
The WRHS volleyball team opened with a pair of games in their first week of competition. They hosted Lyman on Tuesday, September 3 and then travelled to New Underwood Thursday.
Tuesday’s action started with a JV win. They took down the Raiders in straight sets, 25-7, 25-16. Morgan Taft had 3 kills in the contest, while Julia LeBoeuf recorded 9 assists and Sidney Bechtold had 5 aces.
Lyman opened set one with a string of kills that put the Tigers down early in the varsity match. Back to back kills by Rachel Astleford and Lizzy Cameron brought the home team to within two, 13-15, but the Raiders rallied, later scoring the final six points of the set and won 25-15.
Set two saw the Tigers with the good start, backed by kills from Astleford, Casey Fairbanks, Cameron and Emma Twite. Lyman though drew even at 8-8 and an exciting set played out with the score tied frequently. Astleford scored multiple winners down the stretch and aces by Dusti Good Shield and Morgan Taft helped propel the Tigers to a second set win, 25-23 to even the match.
The Lady Tigers kept things close in the early moments of both sets three and four, but Lyman had the advantage late when it counted most. Back to back points by Mariah Marshall had the Tigers within one 12-13 in set three, but a Lyman ace moments later gave them the momentum and they took set three 25-15. Senior Dusti Good Shield scored on three in a row with a block and two kills at 6-9 in set four. She posted another kill at 8-11, but the Raiders rolled from there, taking the set and the match 25-12.
Good Shield had 10 kills in the contest and Lizzy Cameron added 8. Setter Casey Fairbanks had 28 assists.
The girls faced New Underwood in their second match of the season. The JV lost in two 17-25, 14-25. Sidney Bechtold led the team with 5 aces and 3 kills.
The varsity played an exciting match but fell just short, losing in five (23-25) (26-24) (23-25) (25-18) and (12-15).
“The girls are very young,” said coach Shelbi Pool after the New Underwood match. “We are still getting used to our roles and adjusting to playing with different people. We see a lot of positive things happening on the floor and truly believe that with experience and game play that we will improve each and every game. Excited about the year and what it holds!”
Good Shield had 6 aces and 8 kills to lead the Tigers in New Underwood Astleford also had 8 kills. Fairbanks again posted 28 assists.
The girls were in Ft. Pierre Tuesday night and host Bennett Co. on Thursday.