Short-handed Lady Blazers fall to Rawlins

ANDREW TOWNE/TORRINGTON TELEGRAM Torrington junior Avey Jespersen spikes the ball around a Rawlins block on Friday.

TORRINGTON – Despite being short four starters on Friday evening, the Torrington High School volleyball team gave the Rawlins Lady Outlaws all they could handle and then some.

In the end, it wasn’t enough in the 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 20-25, 25-13) loss.

With only seniors Allison Brummell and Avery West with multiple starts and junior Avey Jespersen making her second start, it left a lot of holes which needed to be field by junior varsity players.

Despite the loss, Chelsi Jackson was pleased with the effort the team put out against Rawlins.

“It was great. I was really impressed with them,” Jackson said. “A lot of those girls have never seen the varsity floor or even the bench. I thought they did very well.”

Torrington led briefly 2-1 early in the opening set, but Rawlins scored the next four points. The Lady Blazers kept Rawlins close throughout the match, not allowing the Lady Outlaws to pull away by more than four points.

In the second set, Torrington held a 4-2 lead after a double hit by Rawlins. The Lady Blazers pushed their lead to as many as seven at 16-9 following a kill from Jespersen. Rawlins stormed back late, scoring 10 of the final 13 points.

In the third set, sophomore Alyssa Albaugh served up back-to-back aces as Torrington jumped out to an 8-3 lead. It was a lead which the Lady Blazers held for the remainder of the set, extending the match to a fourth set.

In the final set, Torrington once again jumped out to an 8-3 lead, a run capped off by a kill from Brummell.

Rawlins outscored the Lady Blazers 22-5 over the remainder of the match.

“I’m excited because I haven’t gotten to see many of these girls play, and I didn’t even know who I’d take come regional time. Now, I’ve gotten to see how they will compete on the varsity floor, and it gives me a lot of confidence by the end of the season,” Jackson said. “I’m pleasantly surprised how it went and so proud of them.”

Jespersen and Brummell led the team with six kills apiece, while Albaugh and Jespersen had four aces each. Brummell tallied a team-high three blocks.

The Lady Blazers (2-6) will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 17 against Wheatland. First serve is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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