SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – The Torrington High School volleyball team had a tough draw in pool play at the annual Twin City Invite in Scottsbluff over the weekend.
The Lady Blazers drew Grand Island (Neb.) Northwest and Sidney (Neb.).
The end result was a 1-5 record over the two-day event.
“Our pool play was hard. We haven’t seen any teams like that all season. I think our girls weren’t ready for that kind of speed. By the time we had adjusted it was too late,” THS coach Chelsi Jackson said. “The next day, we went to playing some slower teams, and we didn’t adjust again. We were off, and they were on.”
The Lady Blazers fell to Grand Island Northwest 2-0 (25-19, 25-9), Sidney 2-0 (25-19, 25-15), Spearfish (S.D.) 2-1 (25-20, 19-25, 25-21), North Platte (Neb.) 2-0 (25-20, 25-13) and McCook (Neb.) 2-0 (25-20, 25-13).
On day two, Torrington managed to avenge the loss to Spearfish 25-16, 25-19 to claim their only win of the weekend.
For the weekend, senior Dani Masterson led the team with 34 kills, while junior Michaela Moorehouse added 22. Sophomore Reese Halley had a team-high eight blocks. Junior Morgan Bates dished out 72 assists and served up four aces, while Moorehouse tallied 43 digs.
Now the Lady Blazers turn their attention back to the Class 3A East teams in Douglas and Newcastle this weekend.
“We see Douglas on Friday, and they are always good,” Jackson said. “By comparison to Sidney, that’ll help us get ready for Douglas even more. Sidney is the best team we’ve seen by far. They are so well rounded. They didn’t have a weak spot in their system.”
First serve is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday in Douglas before returning home for a 1 p.m. match against the Lady Dogies.