GILLETTE, Wyo. – The Scottsbluff and Gering volleyball teams both posted records of 1-2 on Friday in the first day of the Camel Tournament.
The Bearcats dropped their first two matches of the day, falling to Rawlins (25-14, 25-13) and then Rock Springs (25-22, 18-25, 25-20), before earning a three-game win over Cheyenne South (15-25, 25-18, 25-23).
Gering opened the day with a loss to Wright (25-20, 25-9), but bounced back to notch a win over Laramie (25-17, 25-20). Gering wrapped up the day with a loss to Riverton (25-20, 20-25, 25-16).
Gering coach David Lashley said it was a disappointing day for his team.
"We had opportunities against both Wright and Riverton to take control of the match and put it away, and we failed to do that," he said. "Against Wright it was about midway in set one, and once we lost control we just fell apart. I was very disappointed in that. Against Riverton, we had them 14-10 and let them go on a 10-point run mostly due to our own unforced errors. We are going to have to get more focused if we are to have any success on Saturday."
Gering's statistical leaders against Wright included Abby Kiesel with three kills and six digs; Arianna Mitchell with four kills; Sara Schwartzkopf with five digs; Lauren Shaul with two kills and four digs; and Allie Boggs with 12 set assists.
Against Laramie, Boggs had three kills, seven digs, and 21 set assists; Kiesel had four kills and 10 digs; Jade Riedel had six kills and 12 digs; Schwartzkopf finished with 14 digs; and Shaul had 14 kills and nine digs.
Against Riverton, Boggs collected four kills, 17 set assists, and five digs; Kiesel had six kills and four digs; Mitchell had six kills; Riedel had six kills and nine digs; Schwartzkopf had 12 digs; and Shaul ended with five kills and 13 digs.
For Scottsbluff, Bearcat coach Kenna Urwiller said her team looked tired and sluggish.
"We never found a rhythm, and I think we struggled with that throughout the day," she said. "Our consistency from game to game is just lacking right now, so our goal is just to find a rhythm and be consistent from game to game."
Urwiller looks for her team to play sharper Saturday. The Bearcats will play three more matches beginning with a 9 a.m. clash against Newcastle.
"I'm hoping they get some rest tonight," she said. "I think it's been a tiring 24 hours for them. They've played four games in the last 24 hours, and we had an early morning and a long day of travel. So, I think with some rest tonight they'll be refreshed for tomorrow. We got that win tonight [against Cheyenne South] and that was much needed, and I think they're excited and hungry for more of that."
Against Rawlins, Scottsbluff's Sally Welsh had three kills, six assists, and four points; Aly Camacho had four kills and two blocks; Avery Krentz had two kills and two points; Kelli Wentz finished with five kills and five points; Stacea Pauli had eight assists; Alli Leever collected three digs and six points; and Taylor Noe had five digs.
Against Rock Springs, Leever ended with two ace serves and 11 digs; Wentz had three ace serves; Camacho had 16 kills and four blocks; Krentz collected two blocks; Welsh finished with 15 assists; Pauli had 14 assists and 12 digs; and Noe had 10 digs.
Against Cheyenne South, Camacho had seven kills and three blocks; Krentz collected seven kills and 11 digs; Wentz tallied five kills; Welsh contributed five kills and two blocks; Pauli had 20 assists; and Leever had 21 digs.