GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Scottsbluff volleyball team went 1-2 Saturday in the final day of the Camel Tournament.
The Bearcats, who also went 1-2 in the first day of the event Friday, opened Saturday’s action with a 25-14, 22-25, 25-22 loss to Billings, Mont. The Bearcats then suffered a 20-25, 25-15, 25-18 loss to Gering before wrapping up their day with a 25-18, 25-20 victory over Rock Springs, Wyo.
“Our girls have played a lot of volleyball in the last three days, and by the end of [Saturday] you could tell that we were getting a little tired. But overall, we consistently got better over the weekend,” Scottsbluff coach Kenna Hubbard said.
Hubbard said she liked the way her team battled in its matches this weekend, even when the Bearcats got behind.
“The girls are playing aggressive and they’re fighting back when we seem to find ourselves in a hole,” Hubbard said. “That’s one thing that we’ve really worked on – our mental toughness throughout each game.”
Hubbard thought her team’s best performance Saturday came against Billings.
“They’re a great team, and we had a great defensive game. We were kind of hitting on all cylinders during that match,” she said. “We had some big-time hits and defensively Amy Colburn and Savannah Menghini did a great job that game for us.”
Menghini finished the Billings match with 11 digs, tying her for the team high. Colburn had seven digs. Makayla Castro led Scottsbluff in hitting with 10 kills, and she also had 10 digs.
Also for the Bearcats, Kyra Willats finished with 11 digs and 16 set assists; Steven Becker had three kills; Kelly Wentz had six kills; and Chesney Walker contributed six kills, five digs, and 12 assists.
In the Gering match, Castro collected 10 kills and six digs, and Willats finished with four digs, two kills, two ace serves, and nine assists. Walker had six digs, four kills, and 10 assists; Colburn had five digs and two ace serves; Wentz tallied four digs and two kills; and Menghini had 10 digs.
A number of Bearcat players also came up big against Rock Springs. Castro collected eight kills, eight digs, and three blocks; Willats had three kills, four digs, and seven assists; Becker finished with three kills and four points; Colburn had four points and three digs; Walker ended with five points, four kills, five digs, and six assists; Wentz put down four kills; Aly Camacho had two kills and three blocks; Menghini had four points and five digs; and Shalee Roseberry registered six points, including two aces.
Hubbard, whose team is 3-4, said she likes how the Bearcats have started this season.
“We have some experienced girls and we have some really young girls, and they seem to be working together well,” she said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but I’m pleased with where we’re at.”