WHEATLAND – The Torrington High School volleyball team picked up two key 3A Southeast Quadrant victories over the weekend against Wheatland and Rawlins.
On Friday, it took the Lady Blazers five sets to ultimately play spoiler on Senior Night of the Wheatland Lady Bulldogs.
Torrington grabbed an early 2-0 set lead before Wheatland stormed back to tie the match at two apiece. Finally, in the fifth set the Lady Blazers pulled away for the 25-23, 25-20, 16-25, 15-25, 15-9 victory.
In the opening two sets, Torrington raced out to 3-0 and 5-0 leads. The Lady Blazers never trailed in either set.
In the first, the Lady Bulldogs tied the set on one occasion at three, but Torrington sped away taking as much as an eight-point lead at 19-11 following a pair of blocks from senior Allison Brummell.
Torrington’s lead remained at eight after three consecutive kills from Brummell, but Wheatland made a late push, cutting the deficit to 24-23 before senior Reece Halley slammed home the final point.
In the second set, after scoring the first five points, the Lady Blazer lead reached 10-3 after an attack error landed out of bounds and a double hit by Wheatland.
Much like the first set, the Lady Bulldogs battled back and cut the Torrington lead to as few as one before Torrington pulled away for the win.
Trailing 2-0 and facing a sweep, Wheatland came out, scoring the first 10 points of the set, but Torrington strung together a run of its own, scoring eight of nine.
The 11-8 deficit proved to be as close as the Lady Blazers came to seeing the lead in the third.
The fourth set appeared to start much the same.
Wheatland scored three straight points before mistakes by the home team got Torrington right back in the match.
Halley’s kill gave Torrington a brief 4-3 lead, but the Lady Bulldogs answered with six straight points to regain the lead for good.
In the fifth set, Wheatland scored the first two points, but senior Avery West got the Lady Blazers on the scoreboard. The kill sparked an 8-1 rally before a four-hit possession slowed the visitor’s momentum.
Wheatland cut the deficit to as few as two before another block and kill by Brummell kept the Lady Bulldogs at bay for the remainder of the match.
The next day, Torrington made the long drive to Rawlins, coming away with a 3-0 sweep. The Lady Blazers got 25-18, 25-14, 25-20 set wins for the team’s second win in a row.
No stats were available at press time.
The Lady Blazers (6-16) wrap up the regular season Friday at home against the Burns Lady Broncs (12-14-3). First serve is scheduled for 4 p.m.