Lady Blazers open conference play with win

Rob Mortimore/Torrington Telegram Teryn Stokes tips the ball over the net during Friday’s 3-1 Lady Blazer victory over Rawlins.

TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School volleyball team opened the conference schedule with a 3-1 victory over the Rawlins Lady Outlaws on Friday evening.

The win was the fourth of the young season by the Lady Blazers.

“The girls worked together to capture another win and you can see their chemistry on the court,” THS coach Shaylee Mortimore said.

The teams split the opening two sets with Torrington winning the opening frame 25-14, while Rawlins tied the match at one with a 25-18 set two victory. Torrington won the next two sets 25-23 and 25-14 to pick up the first conference win of the season.

Sophomore Brooklyn Asmus led the Lady Blazers with 11 kills, while junior Olive Osmera added nine. Senior Alyssa Albaugh and Teryn Stokes had eight each. As a team, Torrington served up nine aces, led by Osmera with four, while sophomore Natalie Long and senior Emma Colombini had two each. Colombini dished out 21 assists, while Long had 13.

“Our setters, Natalie Long and Emma Colombini did a great job moving the ball around to each hitter, making it hard for the opposing team to get a block up,” Mortimore said. “We made multiple serving errors, which I hope we can improve on as the year continues. The girls passed a great game on serve receive and made some crucial digs to keep the game rolling in our favor.”

On the defensive side of the net, Stokes tallied a team-best two blocks, and Albaugh, Long and Osmera had one each. Junior Jaycee Hurley recorded a team-high 15 digs, while Long added 11 and Osmera 10.

The Lady Blazers are now 4-3 on the season and 1-0 in the 3A East Quadrant. Torrington heads to Rawlins for a weekend tournament on Sept. 8-9.

“We will be missing one of our setters, Emma Colombini,” Mortimore said. “We will make the adjustments on the court and Natalie Long will be our go-to setter. Trishell Pontarolo will be stepping up to help fill a large hole on the floor, but after watching her this summer, I’m confident she can handle the role. Trishell and Teryn Stokes contribute huge coverage at the net along with laying down a hit every so often to create momentum. Alyssa Albaugh, Brooklyn Asmus and Olive Osmera will remain our big hitters and Jaycee Hurley will continue the role of Libero, where she is doing a fantastic job.”