LINGLE – After a first set that went extra points, the Southeast Lady Cyclones cruised to a three-set win on the road, but still in the county, Tuesday over the Lingle-Fort Laramie Lady Doggers.
To open the action, L-FL held a marginal lead early in the first set, before the Lady Cyclones picked up their game. They managed to build an eight-point lead, twice. When trailing 19-11, the Lady Doggers rattled off five-straight points and trimmed the deficit to one point (23-22) forcing a Southeast timeout.
After the break, L-FL recorded two points in a row to take a one-point lead. The two teams tied again at 25 before the Lady Cyclones put the set away, 27-25.
“The first set I thought we played very tough and with great intensity,” L-FL coach Barb Clark said. “Unfortunately, from there on we just weren’t able to regain our composure.”
The Lady Cyclones used their thrilling win in the first set to propel them in the second set. They rushed out to an 11-1 lead. The Lady Doggers were unable to stop the bleeding and Southeast’s lead did not dip below eight points for the rest of the set, with the visitors picking up the win, 25-7.
“The key in the second set was the first contact ever time we had the ball,” Southeast coach Roxanne Jolovich said. “The girls worked hard to not let the ball hit the floor and to get their setter a pass she could work with.”
In the third set, the Lady Doggers held a lead early, but Southeast continued on their role, stringing together eight points in a row to hold a 16-7 lead. The closest L-FL could get was eight points, which it did three times, but the Lady Cyclones closed the door on the set, 25-15, to win the match.
“We couldn’t get any momentum going and against Southeast, you need all the momentum you can muster,” Clark said. “Hopefully we can use this loss as a guide for what we need to work on and learn from our mistakes.”
Hailey Anderson put together a solid stat line, accounting for a game-high 17 kills, paired with six digs, a block and an assist. Ellie Schmitt also had double-digits in the kills column, with 10, to go with her 16 assists, nine digs, two aces and three blocks.
“What a great team Roxanne has going,” Clark said of the opponents. “Hailey Anderson and Ellie Schmitt are quite the hitting duo.”
Kylie Carson was third for the Lady Cyclones in kills, with four, while Whitney Foos and Kassidy McClun each added two. Foos also paced Southeast in aces, racking up three of the team’s 10.
“This game gives the girls confidence in themselves and in their skills that they will need as the season progresses,” Jolovich said of the early season rivalry win. “It also shows them that working as a team is critical to success in a volleyball game.”
For the Lady Doggers, Amanda Riley was a force at the net, racking up seven kills and a block. She also paced L-FL in digs, with 10. Jordan Hunt tallied four kills, while Jordyn Gaspers and Sierra Spears each added three.
Jade Cooper topped the list in assists, with 17. The senior also added seven digs to her stat line, while Gaspers kicked in five.
At the service line, L-FL’s serving percentage sat at 90 percent. Paige Forkner (two) and Gaspers (one) combined for the team’s three aces.
The Lady Doggers dropped to 4-2 after their loss to Southeast. They played Burns on Thursday after press time. L-FL returns to action on the road next Friday against Guernsey-Sunrise, with the varsity game slated for 5 p.m. Southeast now sits at 4-3 on the season. The Lady Cyclones hit the road for a game today (Friday) against Pine Bluffs, starting at 3:30 p.m.