ETHETE – Conference play is intensifying for the Big Piney Lady Puncher volleyball team, made evident by a five-set clash for control of the court against Wyoming Indian High School in Ethete on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Big Piney crushed Wyoming Indian in the first set and pulled out a win by a 2-point margin in the second set. Turning the tide, Wyoming Indian won the next two sets, forcing the game into a tiebreaker.
The fifth set came down to the wire, and the Lady Punchers dug deep. The score remained close until Big Piney pulled ahead to score game point, 15-9, for a significant 3-2 conference victory.
With the win, the Lady Punchers remain the No. 2 seed in the 2A Southwest Quadrant.
“Wyoming Indian adjusted to our game in sets three and four,” said Head Coach Kinsy Voss. “In game five, we played relaxed again and came out with the win. It was a good fight from Wyoming Indian and a good game too.”
The Lady Punchers executed a well-coordinated, tenacious game in the first set with plenty of powerful serves, sets and spikes.
Wyoming Indian failed to return a hit by senior Shelby Guest. Freshman Kodee Greene delivered a kill, assisted by senior Sharianne Brower.
Senior Hannah Runyan bumped the ball up for Guest to tip over the net. Brower and senior Audree Sevenski provided good coverage with digs, setting the ball up for senior Brittany Tatum to slam over the net.
Wyoming Indian struck out twice on serves from senior Brynne Hoffman. Hoffman aced a third serve. Freshman libero Lizzy Brandt made a dig, passing the ball to Brower. Brower set the ball and Guest spiked a point.
A kill by junior Taylor Cary, assisted by Brower, pulled the Lady Punchers ahead by 7 points. Greene slammed down a hit off a set by Brower. Brower served up a point and Runyan reached up for a block.
Runyan powered over a kill, assisted by Brower. Sevenski aced her serve. Runyan hit over another point. Wyoming Indian came up short responding to a serve by Sevenski. Runyan made a second block.
Brandt bumped the ball up for Guest to tip over the net. Runyan served up an ace. Sevenski dug deep, setting Guest up to score a hit.
Greene provided coverage responding to Wyoming Indians’ serve, sending the ball to Brower. Brower set the ball and Guest spiked game point, 25-12.
Big Piney and Wyoming Indian played a tight second set, with the Lady Punchers pulling out a 2-point win, 27-25.
Wyoming Indian turned up the heat and won the third set, 25-12, and fourth set, 25-17.
The game came down to the tiebreaker. The score remained close until the Lady Punchers pulled ahead at the end to score game point, 15-9.
Guest finished the game tallying 11 kills. Brower played 25 assists and Brandt made 21 digs. Sevenski pulled off two aces.
The Lady Punchers travel to Farson on Friday, Oct. 21, for a non-conference game. Junior varsity play at 4 p.m. followed by varsity at 5 p.m.
Big Piney hosts Pinedale on Saturday, Oct. 22, for Senior Recognition Night. Freshmen play at 2 p.m., with junior varsity scheduled to hit the court at 3 p.m. and varsity playing at 4 p.m.