Lady Wranglers duke it out with Lyman and Mountain View

Laila Illoway photo The Lady Wranglers get pumped up between sets with Pinedale Elementary fourth-grader and Assistant Coach of Honor Braylee White, center, an ‘inspiration’ to the team, during Pink Out Night on Oct. 14.

PINEDALE – The Mountain View Lady Buffalos won the first set against the Pinedale Lady Wranglers by only 2 points during the Oct. 14 game at the Wrangler Gym.

Mountain View took an early lead in the second set. Pinedale junior Trista Covill spiked a point, assisted by junior Reagan Davis, tying the set at 14 points.

Seniors Sara Kunard and Toree Andersen covered the court with digs and delivered the ball for Covill to tip over the net. Pinedale pulled ahead with another hit by Covill, assisted by Davis.

Covill blocked the ball and senior McKenzie Illoway tipped over a point. Mountain View struck out on a serve by Davis.

The Lady Buffalos managed to tie the set at 22 points. Kunard met Mountain View’s serve, bumping the ball to Davis, who set it for Haylen Sandner to spike the ball for a point.

Davis set the ball again and Covill slammed over a kill for game point, 25-23.

The Lady Buffalos managed to win the next two sets for a 3-1 victory, although Pinedale gave Mountain View a run for its money during the exciting four-set game.

Pinedale’s ability to recover from a loss and win a set against a top-ranked conference rival demonstrated the Lady Wranglers’ drive and willingness to remain competitive through a four-quarter bout.

On Thursday, Oct. 13, Pinedale hit the road to square off against the Lyman Lady Eagles, the No. 1 seed in the 3A Southwest Quadrant. Lyman defended its home court with a 3-0 victory. The Lady Wranglers rallied in the third set and came close to overcoming their opponent.

The season is far from over, and the Lady Wranglers are more than capable of making a statement in the postseason.

Friday’s game against Mountain View featured Pink Out Night, with the Lady Wranglers honoring those who have battled breast cancer or are battling the disease. The team also recognized their Superhero Assistant Coach, Pinedale Elementary student Braylee White.

Lyman

Lyman opened the first set with a 4-point run before junior Ana Mika struck back with a point. The Lady Eagles served out and failed to return a serve by sophomore Gabby Rogers.

Lyman took control of the court until Sandner powered up a kill, assisted by Davis. Illoway scored a hit off a set from Davis. Digs by senior Mikayla Drake and Davis led to a point. Davis aced a serve and Illoway tipped over a point.

Kunard dug deep, passing the ball to Davis. Davis set the ball for Mika to spike a point before the Lady Eagles pulled ahead and scored game point, 25-10.

Mika opened the second set with a kill, assisted by Davis. Covill struck next with a hit. The game briefly tied at 5 points when Lyman served the ball into the net.

Kunard made multiple digs against powerful hits. Sophomore Mae McGuire pumped over a kill off a set by Davis. Mika hit over a point and Sandner tipped the ball over the net.

Lyman struck out returning a set by McGuire. Freshman Alyxis White scored a kill, assisted by Davis. Lyman then took control of the court and scored game point, 25-11.

Refusing to call it quits, the Lady Wranglers stepped up the pressure in a closely contested third set.

Kunard made two digs, allowing White and Sandner to slam the ball over the net. Andersen and White followed up with kills, assisted both times by Davis.

Covill spiked a point and defended the net. Illoway made a block. The Lady Eagles struck out responding to a hit by McGuire. Illoway tipped over a point and Andersen served up two points.

Davis set the ball for White to slam into Lady Eagle territory. Sandner and McGuire defended the net. Lyman failed to return a serve by Illoway.

Andersen dug deep and tied the set at 15 points. Sandner matched Lyman in scoring with a pair of tips. Covill tied the set again at 20 points with a spike assisted by Davis. McGuire delivered a kill, set up by Davis, before Lyman edged ahead to score game point, 25-21.

Mountain View

The lead switched back and forth in a heated first set. The Lady Buffalos served the ball into the net and struck out responding to a set by Davis.

Mountain View failed to return a serve by Illoway. Mika spiked a point with Davis making a save. Drake scored on a serve.

Sandner made a kill, assisted by Davis. Mountain View sent the ball out of bounds responding to a serve by Illoway. McGuire reached up for a block, tying the set at 10 points.

Davis aced a serve and Mountain View overshot its subsequent serve. Rogers whipped up an ace, placing Pinedale in the lead.

McGuire and Illoway defended the net. The Lady Buffalos tangled with the net attempting to return a serve by Rogers.

Mika powered over a kill, assisted by Davis. Kunard served a point and Covill tipped the ball over the net, pulling Pinedale ahead, 23-22.

Mountain View tied the set at 23 points. Mika slammed over a kill, assisted by Davis, to pull back ahead.

The Lady Buffalos eventually scored game point, 26-24.

Determined to keep swinging, the Lady Wranglers controlled most of the second set.

Mika played a kill, set up by Davis. Sandner and Covill each spiked a point, assisted both times by Davis.

Illoway made a block. Kunard dug deep and passed the ball to Davis for a point. The Lady Buffalos served into the net twice.

Drake served up a pair of points. Sandner leapt up to block the ball and slammed over a kill, assisted by Davis.

Saves by Drake, Davis and Kunard resulted in a point. Covill scored two kills, tying the set at 14 points.

Covill tipped the ball over, following digs by Kunard and Andersen. Another kill by Covill tied the set again at 16 points.

Covill reached up for a block. Illoway tipped the ball over the net and the Lady Buffalos struck out responding to a serve by Davis.

Mountain View reclaimed the lead until the Lady Buffalos met net on a serve. Kunard passed the ball to Davis and Davis set the ball up for Sandner to spike over a point.

Covill scored game point, 25-23, assisted by Davis.

Mountain View turned the tables in the second set, winning, 25-13.

The Lady Wranglers played a close fourth set until the Lady Buffalos pulled ahead in the second portion to score game point, 25-16.

The Lady Wranglers host Lander for Senior Recognition Night on Friday, Oct. 21. Junior varsity plays at 5 p.m. followed by varsity at 6 p.m.

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