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August 04, 2008 2:09 pm

Patterson, Pollart help North to all-star victory

Written by Tribune Staff

PHS standouts ready to embark on college careers
A pair of recently graduated Powell High School volleyball standouts helped the North All-Star squad to a 4-1 match win over their South counterparts in the Wyoming Coaches Association's annual all-star volleyball game in Casper.
Katie Patterson and Abby Pollart, who were among the leaders for the Lady Panthers during their Class 3A West Conference title run during the 2007-08 season, both played key roles for the victorious North All-Stars. The North opened the recent match with three straight wins of 26-25, 25-13 and 26-24 before dropping the fourth set 25-18. In the fifth game, the South All-Stars were once again overpowered and dropped a 15-12 decision to the North's group of all-stars.
“Abby and Katie both played very well,” said Cindi Smith, PHS head coach. “(The North) used a 6-2 for three games and used a 5-1 for two. I thought they did a great job adjusting to that, as did the rest of the girls. They only had three days of practice leading up to the match, but all the girls learned a lot of new things and they were able to put it all together.”
According to Smith, Pollart played well at setter and on the defensive side of the net. Patterson, who played in the middle for the North team, provided solid blocking throughout her time on the court, Smith said.
“It was good to see our girls play so well and help the North to the win,” Smith added. “Now they're getting ready to leave for college, and it'll be fun to see how well they do.”
Pollart, shortly after the conclusion of the 2007 high school volleyball season, signed on to play for Central Wyoming College in Riverton. She will be joined there by 2007 PHS graduate Courtnie Trustem, who originally signed a scholarship offer with Chadron State following the 2006-07 school year.
Patterson also will play in Region IX this fall. She signed a letter of intent to play for Casper College's volleyball program earlier this year.
“It's going to be a lot of fun to watch them play when their teams come to Powell (to face Northwest College, Smith said. “I think all three of them will do well.”