PHS volleyball competes at conference duals

Win over Big Piney highlight

Posted 10/17/19

The Powell High School volleyball team was on the road over the weekend, competing in the 3A West Conference Duals in Lyman.

The Lady Panthers compiled a 1-3 record for the tournament, their lone …

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PHS volleyball competes at conference duals

Win over Big Piney highlight

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The Powell High School volleyball team was on the road over the weekend, competing in the 3A West Conference Duals in Lyman.

The Lady Panthers compiled a 1-3 record for the tournament, their lone win coming in a straight-set win over Big Piney. The three losses came against Lyman, Mountain View and Pinedale.

“It was a rough weekend. We just didn’t come out ready to play,” said PHS head coach Tasha Miller. “We had a girl go down with a hurt ankle and had to move some players around. I was hoping we would be able to pull it together, but attitudes for adjusting positions seemed to take us down.”

Powell opened the tournament Friday against host Lyman, losing in straight sets (25-18, 25-16, 25-14). The Lady Panthers regrouped for a strong win against Big Piney (25-8, 25-11, 25-18) to close out the day.

Saturday’s action began with a three-set loss to Mountain View (25-17, 25-15, 25-18) and ended with a loss to Pinedale (25-9, 25-13, 25-16).

Four Lady Panthers finished the tournament with double-digit kills, led by Rose Graft with 22. Paije Johnson followed with 16, Sabrina Shoopman had 15 and Gabby Harshman finished with 13.

Libero Michele Wagner led the team in digs with 68, followed by 44 from Gabi Metzler and 27 from Kady Wells; Madi Fields had five aces, while Wells and Metzler finished with four aces each.

Metzler led Powell in assists with 32, while Fields added 22. Shoopman and Harshman finished with eight blocks and six blocks, respectively.

“it was good to see that some of the girls stepped up to a new role and tried their hardest for their teammates,” Miller said.

The Lady Panthers are at home Thursday against Lander, a team with “two of the best hitters in 3A,” according to Miller. Powell will host Worland on Friday, then have a week off before returning to the court for their home finale against Lovell on Thursday, Oct. 24.

“They [Lander] are a force for sure, but if we can keep our confidence up and our defense, they are beatable,” Miller said. “We have come close before when our defensive game was on, so that will be key to getting a win.”

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