MORRILL, Neb. – The Lingle-Fort Laramie volleyball team went 2-1 at the seven-team Morrill Invite Saturday to finish second and overall went 3-1 on the weekend with a win over the Niobrara County Lady Tigers.
On Friday, the Lady Doggers also swept the Niobrara County Tigers, 25-18, 25-20, 26-24.
Ashley Riley led Lingle with nine kills, while Jordyn Gaspers added eight. The Lady Doggers also served up four aces – one each from Gaspers, Kaelyn Riley, Jessy White and Shelby Heilbrun.
Defensively, Jordan Hunt and White tallied to blocks each.
The next day, Lingle opened the Morrill Invite with a 2-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-10) win over the Minatare Indians.
In the opening set, Minatare grabbed a slim early advantage, but a 7-2 run sparked by multiple errors by the Indians, gave the Lady Doggers a 12-8 lead.
Lingle’s lead grew to as many as nine in the closing points of the opening set, but Minatare bounced back in the second set to force a third set.
Gaspers gave Lingle the early 1-0 lead, but the Lady Indians scored six of the next seven points.
The Lady Doggers cut the deficit to one courtesy of a kill from Ashley Riley, but that proved as close as L-FL came to regaining the lead.
In the third set, Lingle jumped out to a 4-0 lead and cruised to a 15-point set win to advance to the semifinal round.
Gaspers led the Lady Doggers with 11 kills, while Ashley Riley added 10.
Defensively, Heilbrun and Kaelyn Riley had two blocks each, while Ashley Riley recorded 13 digs.
The win set up a second match of the season against Sioux County, Neb.
The Lady Doggers came away with another victory over the Warriors.
Lingle fell in the opening set 25-22 but won the final two sets 25-16, 25-22 to advance to the championship match.
Ashley Riley tallied 14 kills, while Gaspers and Hunt added six each. Kaelyn Rile and Heilbrun collected the other two stuff blocks of the match.
In the championship, the Lady Doggers squared off against the top-seeded Crawford, Neb. Rams.
The Rams swept Lingle 29-27, 25-19.
Ashley Riley led the Lady Doggers with 12 kills, while White dished out 18 assists. Hunt, Ashley Riley and White also served up two aces apiece.
Defensively, Gaspers allied 11 digs.
The Lady Doggers are now 11-5 on the season and will host the Glenrock Lady Herders (13-8 overall and 1-2 in the Class 2A Southeast quadrant) at 6 p.m. Thursday.