RPR adds one win, two losses to conference record

By: 
Mikaela Koski
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Photos by Trudi Downer

Left: Jocelyn Ott (left) and Carlee Blodgett block the ball as Justice Albers looks on.

Below left: Sophomore Abby Schladweiler waits for the serve as RPR coach Teresa Bare watches from the bench.

Below right: RPR sophomore Justice Albers serves the ball against Bridger.

Photos by Kim Flemmer

Above: Panther junior Hayley Story goes for a kill as Alyx Grabowska (6) and Kasidy Robbins (8) look on.

Photo by Trudi Downer

Above: RPR’s Carlee Blodgett spikes the ball against the Bridger Scouts as Justice Albers (8) and Jocelyn Ott (3) watch the play.

Right: The Park City Panthers celebrate a good play.

On Tuesday, a cross-county match-up took place in Park City as the Reed Point-Rapelje Renegades took on the Park City Panthers.

The Panthers came out strong, winning the first game 25-14. The Renegades fought back in the second game, flipping the script for a 25-16 victory. Game three was hard fought, with Park City coming out on top 25-22. The Panthers held on for the 25-16 win in the fourth game and the match victory.

As a team, Park City put up 26 kills, led by senior Alyx Grabowska with seven and senior Blakely Verke with six. Both Grabowska and Verke also led the team with four blocks each. Senior Kasidy Robbins led with 13 of the team’s 40 digs, and five of the Panthers’ 13 aces. Breanne Smith, also a senior, had 20 assists and 10 digs.

On the RPR side of the net, junior Carlee Blodgett had a strong performance, leading with 11 kills, seven blocks, and three aces. Senior Jocelyn Ott had 13 assists, and fellow senior Mercedes Hoff led with 11 digs, followed by Blodgett with nine.

The Renegades faced two additional conference opponents in the last week.

Last Thursday, RPR played the always tough Bridger Scouts. The Renegades fell in three games: 25-14, 25-13, and 25-10.

Blodgett had another good game for the Renegades, putting up four kills, four digs, three aces, and two blocks. Ott had seven assists and two blocks.

Last Saturday, the Renegades bounced back with a three-game victory over Fromberg. The first two games were close – 25-19 and 25-22 – but RPR won the final set with a decisive 25-7 final score.

The Renegades racked up 21 kills and 15 aces as a team. Ott led with five aces, followed by sophomore Abby Schladweiler with four. Ott also had 13 assists. Blodgett had 14 kills, three digs, and two blocks, and Hoff led with four digs.

RPR Head Coach Teresa Bare noted that the Renegades put out their best effort during the challenging game against Bridger, and she was glad to see them rebound and get a good win against Fromberg.

Bare said the team is looking forward to some good matches during the next week.

This Friday, RPR faces Custer-Hysham in Reed Point during the Renegades’ homecoming game. On Saturday, the team heads to Laurel to play in the Park City Invitational.

PARK CITY

The victory over RPR was the Panthers’ second conference of the past week. On Thursday, Park City played Belfry and won the match in three sets. The first game was a close 25-22 battle, and the Panthers won the second game 25-18. Game three was a 25-9 Park City victory.

As a team, the Panthers had 23 aces, led by Robbins with 13. Grabowska led with seven kills, and she also had two blocks. Seniors Megan Flemmer and Arica Hedges each had four digs, and Verke put up three blocks. Smith had 18 assists on the game.

Park City Head Coach Kate Cristaldi explained how the Panthers struggled to really read the scrappy Belfry team until the third set, noting that “once my team focused on the Bats before they hit the ball, rather than just watching the ball, they were able to react more effectively on defense.”

Last Saturday, Park City battled the Harlow-ton Engineers. Harlow took the first game 25-18, but Park City fought back for a 25-20 game two win. The Panthers won the third game 25-18, but the Engineers forced a fifth set with a 25-21 game four victory. Harlowton won the match with a 15-8 game five final score.

Park City put up 31 kills as a team, led by Verke with 11 and Grabowska with seven. The group also had 56 digs, led by Smith with 15 and Hedges with 12. Smith also led with 23 assists, and Grabowska had three of the four team blocks. Hedges racked up four of the team’s 12 aces against the Engineers.

Although the Panthers were not victorious against Harlowton, Cristaldi said the game was very good practice at staying mentally strong for a five-set, point-for-point match.

Park City has a busy upcoming week. On Thursday, the Panthers travel to Stanford to take on Denton-Geyser-Stanford in a non-conference match. Saturday is the Park City Invitational in Laurel, and next Tuesday Park City travels to play Plenty Coups.

COLUMBUS

There was a second cross-county match Tuesday night, as the Absarokee Huskies played the Columbus Cougars in a non-conference show-down.

The teams were evenly matched, and the games were tight. Columbus won the first game 25-20, but Absarokee turned right around and won game two by the same score. The Cougars took a 25-16 game three victory, and the Huskies battled back, forcing a fifth set with a 26-24 win in the fourth game. In the final game, the Cougars came out on top, 15-11.

For Columbus, senior Morgan Kirch played well, leading with 12 of the team’s 32 kills, 12 of the 29 Cougar aces, and one block. Sophomores Brooklyn Wyllie and Reed Johnson were also team leaders, with 22 assists for Johnson and 17 digs for Wyllie.

Junior Kaiya Holmquist had a good game for Absarokee, leading with 13 assists and two blocks. Senior Mallorey Sheppard led with 11 kills and 11 aces, and senior Breezy Williams had 13 digs.

Last Thursday, Columbus traveled to Big Timber for another non-conference match. The first two games were tight, with the Cougars falling 25-20 and 26-24. Columbus forced an extra set with a 25-20 game three victory, but the Herders ended the match with a 25-17 win in the fourth game.

On Saturday, the Cougars played in the Roundup Invitational. Columbus split bracket play, beating Malta 25-16 and 25-21, but losing to Forsyth 25-18 and 25-21.

During the Malta match, Wyllie had five of the team’s 16 kills and Johnson had eight assists. Junior Brenna Rouane and Johnson each had six digs, and Rouane split the lead for blocks with Kirch, each with 1.5. Kirch had four aces.

A big week of conference play for the Cougars kicks off on Thursday, when Columbus travels to play the Red Lodge Rams. On Saturday, Shepherd comes to town, and Joliet plays in Columbus on Tuesday.

Thursday is the first time the Cougars will face the Rams, and Columbus Head Coach Lindsey Cross said the teams are pretty evenly matched, so it should be a great match.

As for Shepherd, the Cougars have played the Fillies three times already this season with mixed results – during the last meeting Shepherd came out on top. According to Cross, “Both teams are having up and down seasons, so this will be the game of who comes with the most heart.”

ABSAROKEE

Last Thursday, the Huskies were able to sweep the Custer-Hysham Rebels for a conference win. The games were close, but Absarokee found a way to come out on top in each of them: 25-20, 25-20, and 25-21.

Junior Lexi Meier had strong game for the Huskies putting up 12 digs and five aces. Sheppard also had five aces, as well as 13 kills and a block. Holmquist had 16 assists.

Absarokee Head Coach Nicki Reissig was proud of how her team rebounded from a 5-set loss to Park City earlier last week to get the decisive win against Custer-Hysham on Thursday. She mentioned how difficult it is to get a three-set victory after losing a close match, but the Husky offense really shined against the Rebels.

This Thursday, the Roberts Rockets travel to Absarokee to take on the Huskies. On Saturday, Absarokee heads to Laurel for the Park City Invitational.

Reissig noted that the Roberts match should be a good one – the last time these two teams met, five games were necessary. She is looking for the Huskies to play well at home and come away with another conference win.

As for the Park City Invitational, Reissig said it should be informative, as the Huskies play teams they have not yet seen but hope to meet in the postseason.

“It’s always nice to go into those tournaments and be able to get a lot of reps in and work on team chemistry throughout the day,” Reissig mentioned.

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