Kremmling – Mustang spikers net three straight wins |

Kremmling – Mustang spikers net three straight wins

Larry Banman
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

Kremmling, Colorado – Good defense and consistent play have led the West Grand High School volleyball team to three consecutive victories with the defeat of Soroco on Monday night, 25-2, 28-26, 25-15, in a game played in Kremmling.

Led by the hitting of Melissa Kraker and Brook Cecil, the Mustangs had control of the match throughout the entire evening. The Rams from Soroco led by five points in the second game of the match, but West Grand was able to rally and eventually win that game by outscoring Soroco, 14-7 down the stretch.

In addition to timely hitting, the Mustangs featured solid passing by Jessica Raecke and Destry Heide, the setting of Alyse Billington and the hustle of Taylor Pesch. Head coach Susan Billington says the team is playing well together and is learning to overcome its slow start in matches.

In games played last week, West Grand traveled to South Park on Friday and defeated the Burros, 23-25, 27-25, 25-14, 25-18. As indicated by the scores, the Mustangs slowly, but emphatically took control of the match. Cecil led the team in kills with 20 and really came on strong as the match progressed, coach Billington said.

Heide led the team in serving percentage and registered six aces. The senior also led the team in blocks with three. Alyse Billington led the team in assists with 19, Cecil had 19 digs and Raecke, according to coach Billington, did an excellent job of returning the serves from the Burros.

It was the first win of the year for the Mustangs and for coach Billington, who is in her first season as the head coach of West Grand.

On Saturday, the team followed up with a league win over Plateau Valley. The Mustangs again started slowly, dropping the first game of the match, 24-26. The team recovered and won the next three games, 25-20, 25-13, 25-7. Coach Billington said unforced errors contributed to the slow start and the team was able to turn things around by maintaining a focused and consistent approach to the game.

Cecil and Raecke had the best serving percentages and Raecke was able to hit four aces in the game. Heide led the team in digs with 15, Alyse Billington had 22 assists and Cecil had the most blocks with four. Cecil also led the team in kills with 14 while Kraker had nine kills of her own.

Both of the junior varsity teams for the Mustangs are undefeated on the season. Coach Billington is assisted by Cheryl Brown, Jesse Amburgy and Halee Thomas.