Wranglers unable to win second straight in rivalry

PINEDALE – The home volleyball court wasn't much of an advantage this year in the county rivalry between Pinedale and Big Piney.

The Lady Wranglers upset Big Piney Sept. 12 in Big Piney.

But on their own court on Thursday, Sept. 21, Pinedale fell to Big Piney in four games: 21-25, 25-15, 25-21 and 25-22.

"I don't think we played our best," senior Faith Friend said. "It was mostly our errors that cost us the game."

Pinedale started the match strong and won the first game. Big Piney took the early lead, but a kill by Bailey Schupp tied the match at 11. Pinedale then took a 15-13 lead with Back-to-back kills from Zoe Noble and Jamie Streit. The teams traded some points after that and the match was even at 21. Pinedale, however, closed out the first game with four straight kills. Schupp had two kills in the stretch, Noble had one and Streit hit the game winner. Big Piney let Streit's spike go by, thinking it would go out of bounds, but it bounced just inside the line to score the game point.

The Lady Wranglers made some good plays after that and the next three games were competitive, but Big Piney won them all.

The Punchers led for almost the entirety of game two.

A Friend ace and kills from Streit, Teegan Johnson and Friend helped Pinedale take the early lead, 8-7, in the third game. Big Piney, however, scored three of the next four points and led the rest of the way.

Pinedale rallied late to make the fourth game close, but the Lady Wranglers weren't able to extend the contest.

"It's frustrating because I know we can play better," Friend said.

After losing to Big Piney, Pinedale responded by beating Kemmerer in three games Saturday. The Lady Wranglers won the match 25-13, 27-25 and 25-16.

The Lady Wranglers are currently 8-9 and 0-2 in the 3A South Quadrant. Beginning at 2 p.m. today, Pinedale will host the conference leader, Lyman (12-3, 2-0), during PHS' Homecoming.

Pinedale still has its sights set on a spot in the state tournament. Some of the keys to get there, Friend said, were to "limit errors, play hard and have fun."

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