LINGLE – The Lingle-Fort Laramie volleyball team went 1-4 over the weekend with the lone win coming Saturday morning in Lusk against cross-county rival Southeast.
The weekend opened with a 3-2 (19-25, 10-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-10) loss to Class 2A Glenrock at home on Thursday, Sept. 26.
Lingle jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the opening set behind two aces from senior Audrey Perry and a pair of kills from senior Ashley Riley.
Glenrock battled back to take as much as a five-point advantage at 14-9. Lingle battled back and regained the lead at 18-17 with another kill from Riley en route to an opening set win.
In set two, the Lady Doggers raced out to a 14-0 lead behind six more service aces from Perry to grab a two-set lead in the match.
In the third set, L-FL once against jumped out to a 6-3 advantage, but the Lady Herders tied the match at 12.
Glenrock scored three out of the next four points and never trailed again in the set to prevent the sweep.
In the fourth set, the Lady Doggers held an early three-point advantage, 3-0, but Glenrock used a 7-1 run to take a 7-4 lead.
The visiting Lady Herders tied the match at two apiece. Heading to the fifth, the story was much like previous two sets.
Lingle led early, but a Glenrock run gave the Lady Herders momentum to compete the comeback victory.
Two days later, the Doggers traveled to Lusk for the Lusk Invite.
L-FL opened the tournament against rival Southeast in a 2-1 (20-25, 25-14, 15-7) win over the Lady Cyclones.
“It pumped us up,” L-FL coach Barb Clark said. “It was great to get that win.”
It proved to be the only win of the day for the Lady Doggers.
Lingle fell to Hulett, 2-0 (25-21, 25-19).
“We were a little streaky,” Clark said. “There were some good things that we did, but we didn’t pass and serve as well as I would have like to. One more look at them before we go to Regionals was good.”
The Lady Doggers ended the day facing a pair of Class 2A opponents in Pine Bluffs and Wright.
Against Pine Bluffs, the Doggers fell to the Lady Hornets, 25-8, 25-7 and Wright, 12-25, 25-23, 15-13.
“(Pine Bluffs) put up a big block, and it scared some of the hitters. We made too many mistakes and couldn’t get out of it,” Clark said. “Our passing improved a bunch, and it turned out better than what it could have been.”
The Lady Doggers (6-9) host Niobrara County on Friday for a 5 p.m. contest against the Lady Tigers before playing in Morrill, Neb. for the annual tournament on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.
“I think we are going to have to make a couple more changes to our lineup. Things are jelling like I was hoping they would be by now. Kim (Cooper) and I sat down yesterday and went over some things,” Clark said. “We have Lusk on Friday and the Morrill Tournament on Saturday, and it would give us a really good look at it to see if it is going to be what we want it to be.”