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Kremmling " West Grand spikers soar to 6-1 start on the road

Larry Banman
Sky-Hi Daily News

The West Grand High School volleyball team is off to one of its best starts in recent years after sweeping three games last week.

The Lady Mustangs are the owners of a 6-1 record, including its first league win of the year. They earned that win against the Soroco Rams in a match played last Thursday.

“The girls are doing very well,” coach Laura Gore said. “They

are definitely on a roll. We are going to work hard to keep this going.”

West Grand has yet to play a home game this season, making its start that much more impressive.

Hayden was the destination Tuesday night, Sept. 2, and the Lady Mustangs started the evening by winning the first two matches, 25-17, 25-23.

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Hayden rallied to win the third match, 25-19, but West Grand rebounded to win the final game, 25-20, and take home the match victory.

“We just had great senior leadership all week,” Gore said.

“That is so helpful when we get down a little bit.”

The West Grand coach said that in addition to senior starters Danette Billington, Rose Hargadine and Renea Ellison, the team has received valuable and timely contributions off of the bench from Rebecca Roller and Katie Keck.

Danette Billington had an outstanding week, Gore said, and led the team in hitting, blocks and passing. She had 13 kills in the Hayden match to lead the team. She also had six solo blocks for the week as well as eight block assists.

In the league match against Soroco in Oak Creek, the Mustangs won easily in three games, 25-19, 25-16, 25-18. The quick match was welcomed by West Grand, as the girls were able to get home early after their second of three road games.

Vail Christian posed a strong challenge for the Mustangs. The girls from the Vail Valley school had gone to the state championship playoffs last season in Class 1A. West Grand fell behind in the match, losing the first game 18-25.

For the second time of the week, the Lady Mustangs rebounded from losing a game. This time, the team won three straight, 25-23, 25-15, 25-19.

Serving continues to be an area in need of improvement for the Lady Mustangs, coach Gore said, as the team struggles to avoid service errors. Despite the struggles, one player has stood out this year with her accurate serves, Gore continued.

Alyse Billington served a total of 57 serves for the week and nailed all but one of those attempts.

The sophomore shares setting duties with Renea Ellison who sets the ball when Alyse Billington isn’t in the game. Ellison then takes on a hitting role when Alyse rotates into the game and plays the three positions across the back row.

Renea has been very valuable for us, both setting and hitting,” Gore noted.

Despite the long week of road games, Gore said, is was gratifying to see the team playing so well.

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