DOUGLAS – The Torrington High School volleyball team set the bar high for the remainder of the season on Saturday with a 3-0 day at the Douglas Duals.
The Lady Blazers opened play against the Douglas Lady Bearcats, and Torrington came into the match with all the focus on the team who finished fourth at the Class 3A State Tournament in 2019.
“We planned on shutting down their outsides, especially their 6-foot, 4-inch girl (Allyson Fertig),” THS coach Chelsi Jackson said. “The girls controlled her really well. They had a ton of blocks, and they were picking up everything she hit. We were able to put stuff down against them, which is awesome.”
The Lady Blazers came away with a 3-2 (20-25, 25-16, 25-16, 24-26, 15-13) victory.
“They played to win,” Jackson said. “They didn’t let anything hit the ground the entire game.”
Torrington followed it up with a straight set sweep over the Glenrock Lady Herders, 25-19, 25-22, 25-20.
The Lady Blazers finished out the day with a 3-2 (25-23, 27-29, 25-18, 19-25, 15-9) win over the Burns Lady Broncs.
“They were a little bit of a challenge for us, as well,” Jackson said. “We did the same thing we did against Douglas, making sure we shut down their good hitters and put everything back.”
On the day, Lady Blazer junior Reece Halley led the team with 34 kills and four aces, while Allison Brummell tallied a team-high 15 blocks. Senior Morgan Bates dished out 79 assists.
“There wasn’t one player who stood out more than another,” Jackson said. “They all played so well.”
The Blazers (3-0) will now turn their attention to the Rawlins Outlaws when they open 3A Southeast Quadrant play on the road Friday. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m.
“We’ll prepare for Rawlins all week,” Jackson said. “We know which of their strong hitters we need to focus on, much like Douglas. If we can do that, we’ll be good.”