Lady Buffs still #1 in 3A volleyball conference

A dive for the ball put Kaycee Bugas on the floor while Kendall Carr stands ready to assist. PIONEER PHOTOS/Virginia Giorgis

Lady Eagles the top contender for #1 in 3A

MOUNTAIN VIEW — When your are hot, you’re hot and the Lady Buffs and Lady Eagles buckled down, stayed hot through three sets of volleyball last Friday night with the Lady Buffs taking the win in an extended set, 31-29.

As the two teams met on the court in the Buffalo Dome, it was expected it was going to be a night of hard-hitting volleyball with the two teams going up for the win.

They had met on the court in two previous games, tournament play prior to the start of the regular season, and the Lady Buffs had taken both games.

With last week’s game, this year’s prep volleyball season has finished six weeks of the conference. Teams only have three weeks left in the rest of the season. Regional tournaments are the end of October, which means the state tournament is only a month away.

Mountain View lost their first match of the year to Class 4A No. 4 Evanston in five sets. They had won 20 consecutive matches entering last Friday’s competition. They were 20-1 on the season. Lyman had rattled off 22 victories in their first 24 matches. Their only two losses were to Mountain View. Mountain View and Lyman have a combined total for three losses all season. The power is with these two teams. The only other team in the conference with a record even close to these two is NW Lander, which has a record of 15-1-2, 3-0.

Both teams are slated to play at the conference duals this week in Lovell.

The game between the two teams last Friday was for real and is reflected on both teams’ conference record. Mountain View won last Friday’s game in three hard-hitting sets: 25-11, 26-24, 31-29.

The third set proved even closer and harder for both teams. Mountain View earned the first point, and Lyman tied it at 1-1. Other ties followed as the two teams exchanged points: 2-2, 6-6, 7-7, 8-8. 13-13.

As the third set seemed to be winding down, Lyman led by three points, 21-18. The Lady Eagles maintained the lead as the score rose to 23-22, but the Lady Buffs got the point and tied the game at 23. It was tied again at 24 then the Lady Eagles went ahead by one 25-24. Another tie at 25-25, again at 26-26. At this point, the Eagles and the Buffs continued to trade points, earning a one-point lead and tying the game, with Lyman earning the one-point advantage at first. The score continued to creep up to ties at 28, 29. The Lady Buffs earned a one-point lead at 30-29. A block by Mountain View put the last point on the Lady Buffs scoreboard and their win of the set with 31-29.