Competition heats up for the Lady Wranglers

Robert Galbreath photo Junior libero Gabby Rogers sends the ball up against Jackson on Sept. 21. Rogers and her teammates battled Mountain View for the top spots in the conference at an away game on Oct. 13.

MOUNTAIN VIEW – The battle for control of the 3A Southwest Quadrant between the Pinedale High School Lady Wrangler volleyball team and its rivals from the Bridger Valley continued unabated with a showdown between Pinedale and Mountain View on Friday, Oct. 13.

While the Lady Wranglers ultimately came up short, 3-0, the final score did not reflect a concerted and gritty effort by Pinedale to close the gap in each set.

Mountain View won the first set, 25-17. The Lady Buffaloes went on two scoring runs early in the set to establish a lead.

Rallying, the Lady Wranglers fought back as the set progressed. Junior Gabby Rogers served up a pair of aces. Sophomore Alyxis White followed up with two kills and a block. Senior Trista Covill and junior Mae McGuire delivered a kill apiece before Mountain View widened its lead.

The lead frequently changed hands in a tight second set. Kills by White, Rogers and senior Ana Mika kept Pinedale ahead through point 4. Mountain View sent a serve into the net and Covill reached up for a block.

White tied the second set up at 9 points with a block. Mountain View edged ahead to maintain the lead, though Pinedale hounded the Lady Buffaloes for each point.

White and Covill powered over a kill apiece. Junior Madeline Hawke made several blocks. White aced a serve and Mika slammed a kill into Mountain View territory.

The third set turned into a cliffhanger as the Lady Wranglers fought tooth and nail to overtake Mountain View.

McGuire posted points for Pinedale with a pair of blocks. Mountain View failed to return a serve by Mika. McGuire powered over a kill. The Lady Buffaloes struck out returning a hit by senior Reagan Davis and Pinedale took the lead, 6-5.

Mountain View served the ball into the net and then sent it out of bounds. Covill and Davis both leapt up for a block and tied the set, 11-11. An ace from Mika placed the Lady Wranglers ahead, 12-11.

Covill ended a stalemate at 13 points with a kill and White broke another tie at 15 points by spiking over a kill. Mountain View then edged into the lead, although Pinedale came within a point of overtaking the Lady Buffaloes late in the third set a with block each by Covill and McGuire.

The Lady Wranglers host Lander for Senior Night on Thursday, Oct. 19. Game times are 4 p.m. for freshmen, 5 p.m. for junior varsity and 6 p.m. for varsity.