WHEATLAND – The Torrington High School volleyball team picked up a pair of wins last week over Class 3A Southeast Quadrant foes Wheatland and Burns.
On Thursday, the Lady Blazers held on for a 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 28-26) win over Wheatland.
Torrington junior Kameron Stitt tallied a kill to open the match and it sparked a 6-1 run, as the Lady Blazers jumped out to a 6-1 lead, forcing Wheatland to use an early timeout. The Lady Blazer reached as many as 18-9 before the Lady Bulldogs mounted a comeback.
“We are just like that,” coach Chelsi Jackson said. “We are an up and down team. I’ve come to learn to expect it and know they will come back from that.”
Wheatland closed the gap to as few as 23-20 following a block from sophomore Riley Lebsack.
However, Torrington scored two of the final three points to close out the opening set.
In the second set, WHS junior Rory Anderson looked to set the tone with a kill for Wheatland, but a pair of attack errors aided Torrington’s 4-2 lead.
Wheatland regained the lead at 6-5 and held on to a slim advantage for much of the set. Torrington took a brief lead before Lebsack’s kill tied the match once again at 13. Torrington finished off the set strong again, scoring 11 of the next 14 points to take a 2-0 match lead.
In the third set, it was all Wheatland in the early going.
A Wheatland serving ace and a pair of errors by Torrington gave the Lady Bulldogs a 4-2 lead.
It was a lead Wheatland held until the Lady Bulldogs ended up in the net, giving the Lady Blazers a 24-23 lead.
The teams traded scores, finding themselves tied at 26 after Lebsack’s block.
However, a four-hit possession by Wheatland and a kill by Torrington’s Dani Masterson finished off the sweep.
Two days later, the Lady Blazers were once again on the road as Torrington traveled south to Burns.
The Lady Blazers picked up a 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 22-25, 25-11) win.
With the two quadrant victories, Torrington solidified the spot as the No. 2 seed from the Southeast Quadrant heading into the final week of the regular season.
Jackson hopes the team can put it all together against Rawlins.
“If I can get them to do it all at once, we will unbeatable,” she said.
The Lady Blazers (12-13-1 overall and 4-1 in the quadrant) wrap up the regular season with a trip to Scottsbluff, Neb. on Thursday for a 7 p.m. match and celebrate the seniors on Friday, hosting Rawlins with a 5 p.m. contest.