TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School volleyball team returned to 3A Southeast Quadrant action over the weekend with mixed results.
On Thursday, the Lady Blazers traveled to Wheatland, falling in straight sets, 25-23, 25-15, 25-14.
“Wheatland was a good wake-up call for us because we had to fight to win,” THS coach Chelsi Jackson said. “We had a ton of errors on own. Between our hitters, we had 30-some errors. We essentially gave them the game.”
THS junior Reece Halley led the team with 10 kills, while senior Michaela Moorehouse added nine. Juniors Sierra Allen and Allison Brummell tallied two stuff blocks apiece. Senior Kameron Stitt recorded a team-high 18 digs, while senior Morgan Bates and Halley added 11 each. Bates had 18 assists.
On Saturday, the Lady Blazers bounced back with a 3-1 (25-16, 25-19, 24-26, 25-12) win over the Burns Lady Broncs.
“I thought they played a heck of a lot better than they did against Wheatland,” Jackson said. “Everyone played really well all the way around. We didn’t have any down moments like we usually do.”
In each set, Torrington grabbed early leads, including an 11-2 lead in the opening set.
In the second set, it was a 7-2 lead behind a Bates ace and blocks from Brummell and Halley.
Burns closed the gap to as few as one at 11-10 before the Lady Blazers pulled away.
In the third, Torrington held a 6-3 advantage, and it was a lead the Lady Blazers held until Burns served up an ace to break a 15-15 tie. The Lady Broncs never trailed again for the remainder of the set.
Burns pushed its lead to 24-20 before Torrington scored four straight to tie the set, but the Lady Broncs scored the final two points to extend the match to a fourth set.
Burns scored the first point of the set off a lifted ball, but the Lady Blazers scored the next four points and cruised to the set win, securing the team’s sixth win of the season.
Moorehouse had 14 kills, Halley had 11 and Brummell seven. Stitt served up a team-high four aces, while Bates and junior Avery West had three apiece. Brummell tallied seven blocks, while four Lady Blazers tallied double-digit digs with Bates leading the way with 16.
Torrington (6-2 overall and 1-2 in the 3A Southeast) hosts Newcastle (0-6) for Homecoming. First serve is scheduled at 4 p.m.
“If we can continue to play like this, we’ll be fine. It’s going to be a mental game,” Jackson said.