WG netters look to advance from districts
October 29, 2009
The West Grand Mustangs enter this weekend’s district volleyball tournament in Meeker as the fifth-seed in the nine-team Western Slope League.
The Mustangs have a 5-5 league record after dropping contests last weekend to Rangely and Vail Mountain. Three of those five league losses have gone five games with the fifth game decided by slim margins.
Coach Susan Billington said she is looking forward to the district tournament and believes the team is ready to play well. The Mustangs are in the same bracket as top-seeded Vail Christian (8-0), fourth-seeded Vail Mountain (6-4) and the winner of the pigtail game between Hayden and Plateau Valley for the eighth seed.
Vail Christian won the league title outright and has secured an automatic bid to the regional tournament. The district tournament, which starts Friday, Oct. 30, will determine the second team to represent the league in the regional tournament.
Last Friday night in Rangely, the Mustangs won the first game, 25-23, but dropped the next two, 23-25 and 18-25. West Grand rebounded with a strong effort in the fourth game, winning 25-18, before dropping the finale, 13-15.
Brook Cecil led the team in kills with 24, while Alyse Billington had 25 assists and was successful with all of her serves. Destry Heide had 21 digs while the leading blockers for the team were Melissa Kraker and Laura Billington.
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The team then traveled to play Vail Mountain on Saturday. It was a long trip from Rangely and several of the girls rose early for ACT testing. Fighting fatigue from the long two travel days, the Mustangs lost in four games, 21-25, 20-25, 25-23 and 22-25.
Alyse Billington led the team with 19 assists while Cecil had 10 kills and 18 digs to pave the way in those two categories. Kraker was the top blocker with three and Katie Sanford and Alyse Billington led the team in serving.
“It wasn’t our best played game,” Coach Billington said. “Our defense was lacking.”
Looking forward to the district tournament, Coach Billington said, “We like our position in Pool A. I feel confident we can play much better against Vail Mountain then we showed Saturday. We will make some adjustments to our defense and come rested and ready to play at the top of our game.”