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By Alex Kuhn
Sports Editor 

Lady Warriors battle past pesky Fillies

Closeout regular season in Rawlins today


October 21, 2016


Closeout regular season in Rawlins today Worland's Jaycee Page goes for the spike in a match against the Buffalo Lady Bison on Oct. 13.

WORLAND - The Worland Lady Warriors (23-3) hit the road Thursday night to take on the Cody Fillies (15-12) and returned home the 3-1 victors.

Dropping the first game of the match to the Cody Fillies 25-19, the Lady Warriors locked it down and persevered in a hard fought game two 27-25. In game two Worland was up 22-19 before Cody stormed back to take a 24-23 lead. From there the team used their grit and experience to outscore Cody 4-2.

"Our serve/receive percentage was really low and we had to be better about passing the ball off of serves," said WHS volleyball coach Brittany Miller. "Part of that was we were so tight, we talked about relaxing, having more fun and bringing more enthusiasm back on the court. They did that in game two and that helped take care of everything else."

After taking game two, Worland began to settle in by building a rhythm and putting their mark on the match, dictating Cody to play the way they saw fit, rather than the other way around. In game three the Lady Warriors used late scoring runs to win 25-17 and go up two games to one.

At the start of game four it was a tight contest between the Fillies and 3A defending state champs. But using a 17-6 run Worland was able to close out Cody and secure their 23rd victory of the season.

"Cody worked really hard and they've improved a lot since we saw them in preseason. For us we just need to relax but still play hard, celebrate and have more fun. When you're tight you make a lot of mistakes in volleyball. We just need to figure out our balance heading into regionals," said coach Miller.

Today the Lady Warriors play the final match of the regular season versus the Rawlins Lady Outlaws in Rawlins at 5 p.m.

"We really worked hard speeding up our offense when we are in system," said coach Miller when asked about what the team worked to prepare for Cody and Rawlins. She added, "That way we can look to have advantages on creating more single blocks. We also worked on serving seam and being more aggressive in out of system play."

Also of note the Lady Warrior freshman team begins their conference tournament this weekend as the No. 1 seed in Douglas.


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