MORRILL, Neb. – The short-handed Lingle-Fort Laramie High School volleyball team went 1-2 at the 2021 edition of the Morrill Invite.
The Lady Doggers fell to Morrill, Nebraska, Minatare, Nebraska but capped off the day with a win over Guernsey-Sunrise.
In the first match of the day, LFL fell 25-23, 25-22 to the Morrill Lady Lions.
It was a back-and-forth contest throughout the match.
With the match tied at six apiece in the first set, an ace by sophomore Leah Foster was the start of 4-0 run. Foster served up three consecutive aces during the spurt, and Lingle’s lead eventually reached seven at 18-11.
However, Morrill mounted a comeback. The Lady Lions tied the match at 21 and took the lead at 23-22 before scoring two of the final three points.
In the second set, both teams had error issues.
Lingle’s lead reached as many as four at 11-7 following a kill from senior M’Lynn Hill and Morrill being in the net, but much like the first set, Morrill battled back.
They scored the next four points and the teams were tied on four more occasions before the Lady Lions closed out the set and match victory.
In the second match of the day, the Lady Doggers dropped another close match 25-22, 22-25, 25-20 to the Minatare Lady Indians.
Junior Ashlee Hattan scored the first two points of the match for Lingle, but with the Lady Doggers leading 4-3, Minatare started to pull away. The Lady Indians went on a 7-2 spurt to take a 10-6 lead.
Minatare led for the remainder of the set, but Lingle drew within one on two occasions, including 23-22 before the Indians scored the final two points of the set.
In the second set, an attack error by Minatare put the Lady Doggers in front, and LFL never trailed in the set. Lingle’s lead reached as many as five after kills from Hattan and junior Hailey Smith.
Minatare tied the match, but never saw the lead, and a serve error by the Lady Indians capped off the set win for Lingle.
In the third set, Minatare raced out to a 6-1 lead, but Lingle battled back to cut the deficit to two courtesy of a kill and an ace from Hill.
The Lady Indians kept LFL at arm’s length for the remainder of the match to secure the win.
In the final match of the day, the Lady Doggers capped off the day with a 25-15, 25-4 win over 1A Southeast Conference foe, the Guernsey-Sunrise Lady Vikings.
LFL (6-10) travels to Upton for the Upton Jamboree on Saturday, Oct. 9.