Lady Wranglers battle Jackson through four sets

Robert Galbreath photo Senior Reagan Davis sets up the ball at the Homecoming game against Jackson on Sept. 21. Davis reached a milestone of 1,500 career assists over the week. Also pictured are junior Paiyzli Baker, center, and senior Trista Covill, right.

PINEDALE – The Pinedale High School Lady Wranglers’ volleyball team gave non-conference 4A opponent Jackson a run for its money in an intense, head-to-head game that went into four sets on Thursday, Sept. 21.

A raucous crowd packed the Wrangler Gym to cheer on Pinedale for Homecoming Week, including an especially lively student section.

A scrappy fight by the Lady Wranglers pushed the first set beyond 25 points, with Pinedale ultimately edging Jackson out in a 26-24 victory.

Jackson won a tight second set. The lead volleyed back and forth across the court in a hard-fought third set that the Lady Broncs eventually won. Jackson maintained its momentum into the fourth set for the win, 3-1.

Senior Reagan Davis celebrated an impressive milestone in her volleyball career at Homecoming – achieving 1,500 assists over the course of four years with the Lady Wranglers.

Davis scored the opening point for Pinedale in the first set against Jackson with a block. Junior Mae McGuire delivered a kill, followed by a set from Davis.

Senior Trista Covill powered over a kill and served a point. McGuire, senior Ana Mika and sophomore Alyxis White made a block apiece.

The Lady Wranglers managed to close the gap with kills from White, junior Paiyzli Baker, McGuire and Covill. A block by Mika tied the set at 18 points.

Junior Gabby Rogers aced a pair of serves, widening Pinedale’s lead, 20-18.

Jackson edged up and matched Pinedale in scoring at 22 points. Covill spiked over a powerful kill for Pinedale to regain the initiative, 23-22. Baker broke a deadlock at 23 points with a kill.

The teams reached a stalemate at 24 points. Covill slammed over a kill for point 25. Jackson struck out returning a hit by Rogers, and the Lady Wranglers scored game point, 26-24.

The second set proved equally close with the game deadlocked until the final 4 points. White tied the set at 5 points with a kill. Pinedale matched Jackson in scoring at 6 points following a kill by Covill.

A block from Mika resulted in gridlock at 8 points. Jackson pulled into the lead before White tied the set at 10 points with a kill.

The set again reached a stalemate at 15 and 18 points with hits by White and Covill, respectively. Jackson overshot its attempt to return a serve by Davis, and the set tied at 21 points.

The Lady Broncs then managed to take the lead and score game point, 25-21.

The Lady Wranglers scored early in the third set, with a block and kill from McGuire. Mika delivered a kill to tie the set at 5 points. Subsequent kills by White resulted in a deadlock at points 6 and 8. Covill matched Jackson in scoring at 10 points with a kill.

Senior Ashley Boulter aced a serve, tying the set at 12 points. Davis served up an ace to tie the set once more at 18 points.

Jackson followed up with a pair of 4-point runs to score game point, 25-17.

The Lady Broncs carried their momentum into the fourth set, winning 25-13.

Pinedale returns to conference action this weekend with crucial games against both Lyman and Mountain View. The Lady Wranglers travel to Lyman on Thursday, Sept. 28. Pinedale hosts Mountain View on Saturday with freshmen playing at 1 p.m., junior varsity at 2 p.m. and varsity at 3 p.m.