Lady Buffs dominate at weekend invite

Marlys Good

If Coach Sara Schlattmann has a big smile on her face this week, give credit to her Lady Buffs who served 93% as a team at the Wind River/WIHS Invitational tournament last weekend.

“We served 93 percent as a team, which is great! In those tighter matches versus Tongue River and Shoshoni, I can say without a doubt that was the tipping point for those wins. 

“It was a great weekend for our girls. We won all six of our matches.”

The Lady Buffs opened the tournament playing Hanna and won in two, 25-3, 25-16. The second game went to three sets with the Buffs taking the win from Tongue River, 25-15, 18-25, 15-12.

Next up for the Buffs was a match with Dubois, which they won in two sets, 25-18, 25-19. Against the Lady Blue of Shoshoni the game went three sets, but Greybull still took the victory, 25-14, 18-25, 15-10.

The Buffs also claimed victories against Wyoming Indian, 25-8, 25-8, and closed with a win over Saratoga in two sets, 25-16, 25-19.

Coach Schlattmann had praise for a host of players.

Kelsie McColloch was the most consistent server at 98% with just one miss over the two-day tourney. Kennedy Craft served 10 aces, but as a testament to this weekend’s performance, Josselyn Jara, Caroline Boyer, Craft and Chaise Benasky all served over 90%.

Boyer led the way with passing out of serve receive and led the team with 38 digs.

On offense Aleksey McColloch had 45 kills and six stuff blocks. K. McColloch collected 26 kills and Craft had 19 kills. Benasky, the Buff’s setter, came away with the majority of the assists.

“I want to highlight that it was a whole team effort this weekend,” Schlattmann said. “Katie Murph, Ashley Gomez and Perla Rodriguez played front row positions all weekend and were very consistent hitters and blockers as well. A big shout out to our team bench, who were the loudest I have heard it in a while. I love the energy they can bring to our matches and it makes such a difference,” she concluded.

This weekend the Buffs go over the mountain to participate in the Big Horn Invitational.

“It is by far the most competitive tournament we go to and I am looking forward to seeing how we stack up against the east side of the state.”

The Buffs share a pool with Wright, Lingle and Burlington.

Schlattmann said it will be tough competition, but “I think we are up to the challenge.”