TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School volleyball team brushed aside the Thermopolis Lady Bobcats Saturday afternoon in straight sets.
The Lady Blazers grabbed early leads in the first two sets before falling behind early in the third en route to a 25-12, 25-19, 25-15 victory.
“We planned for them. We knew they had the one left-handed hitter. The girls are confident which really helped,” THS coach Chelsi Jackson said. “We did a good job of staying at our pace rather than playing down. Typically, a year or so ago, we would have played at their level, and today, we didn’t.”
In the opening set, a pair of serving aces from senior Morgan Bates gave THS an early 3-0 lead.
Torrington’s lead reached double digits following four more serving aces from senior Michaela Moorehouse.
In all, THS served up a total of 18 aces for the match.
In the second set, the Lady Blazers once again took an early 4-2 advantage.
Thermopolis scored the next three points to gain its first lead of the match, but it was short-lived as junior Reece Halley scored a kill and senior Kameron Stitt served up another Lady Blazer ace to put their team back in front.
With a sweep on the line, Torrington fell behind 5-1 early in the third.
Another kill from Halley sparked a rally as the Lady Blazers went on a 16-2 run.
During that run, the visiting Lady Bobcats used a pair of timeouts, but they didn’t slow down the Lady Blazers.
Moorehouse led Torrington with 10 kills and six aces, while Halley added nine. Junior Allison Brummell had four stuff blocks, while Bates dished out 20 assists.
“She’s averaging five stuff blocks a game, which is pretty unheard of,” Jackson said of Brummell. “As long as she’s up there, they don’t have a shot of getting anything over the net. She’s long and takes up a lot of the net.”
The Lady Blazers (5-1) travels to Wheatland Thursday. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m.