Lady Blazers go 1-4 at Rawlins tourney


RAWLINS – The Torrington High School volleyball team went 1-4 at the Rawlins Invite on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, the Lady Blazers opened the weekend with a pair of 2-0 losses to Buffalo and Mountain View.

In the opener, Torrington lost 21-13, 21-17 to the Buffalo Lady Bison.

Junior Alyssa Albaugh led the team with five kills, while senior Avey Jespersen added four. The Lady Blazers served up three aces – one each from Albaugh, senior Jade Brothwell and senior Kayla Dreiling. Albaugh, Jespersen and senior Kalissa Reyes tallied one block each, while Reyes led the team with six digs. Brothwell and Reyes had seven assists apiece.

In the second round, Class 3A No. 2-ranked Mountain View handed the Lady Blazers its second loss of the day 21-9, 21-12.

Senior Marissa Moorehouse led the team with six kills, while Albaugh had the other three. Torrington had no aces and no blocks in the loss. Albaugh and Brothwell tallied six digs each, while Brothwell had five assists.

To end Friday’s pool play, defeated Lovell 21-18, 21-16.

Moorehouse had a team-high eight kills, while Albaugh had five and Dreiling four. Albaugh also had two aces and three blocks. Brothwell and Jespersen had seven digs each, while Reyes dished out 14 assists.

With a 1-2 pool record, the Lady Blazers opened Saturday’s bracket play against tournament host Rawlins.

Torrington won the first set 21-14, but Rawlins battled back to win the next two sets 21-19 and 15-13.

Moorehouse and Jespersen led the team with seven kills each, while Dreiling had five. Dreiling also had three aces, while Jespersen and Albaugh had two each. Albaugh also had two blocks, while Moorehouse had 18 digs. Brothwell had 13 assists.

In the final match of the weekend, Torrington fell to Thermopolis 21-14, 21-17.

No stats were available from the match at press time.

“The girls played pretty well, even though the scores do not reflect it,” coach Shaylee Mortimore said. “Our passing and digging are giving our team a chance to score, but we are struggling putting the ball away offensively.”

As a result, it has been a team talking point.

“We have talked as a team and agree there are some changes that need to be made,” Mortimore said. “We will spend all week during practice trying to figure out what combination of players on the floor will work best for our team to be successful.”

Torrington (4-8) is back in action on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Douglas (10-6) and at Wheatland (12-7) on Friday at 6 p.m.

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