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Worland survives to beat Wheatland 3-2

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2013

Setter Shelby Connolly keeps the volley alive during Wheatland’s last home game. The Lady Bulldogs are looking to add a few more wins to their record as the season winds down.

WHEATLAND - As postseason approaches, the Lady Bulldogs look to pick up wins in their four remaining matches, hoping to shake off this week's loss to the Worland Lady Warriors 3-2.

Worland and Wheatland kept an even pace with each other throughout the matchup. The Lady Bulldogs took the first set 27-25 and Worland took the next two 25-21 and 30-28. Wheatland had one more victory 26-24, but ultimately Worland won in the fifth set, besting the Lady Dawgs 15-11.

The Lady Bulldogs were outscored by only six points during the match, averaging 22.6 points per match and giving up an average of 23.8. Setter Shelby Connolly aced four times against the Lady Warriors, followed by libero Katie Phifer (3), outside hitter Sydnee Pollock (2), outside hitter Danielle Haroldson, right side hitter Ellen Anderson and middle hitter Kyleen Smith (1 each).

Pollock was responsible for 16 of the team's 50 kills. Anderson and Smith each earned 10, Haroldson had eight, Culver five and Connolly with one. Connolly also led the team with assists at 40 while Anderson had three and Haroldson had one.

Defensively, Phifer had 34 digs, followed by Haroldson with 29, Connolly with 17, Pollock with 13, Anderson with 12, Smith with four, Culver with 2 and defensive specialist Kessy Hanks with one. Culver earned two blocks and Haroldson had one.

The Lady Bulldogs are on the road until regionals in Wheatland. They look to bump themselves up from their current sixth-place position. Wheatland will take on Glenrock (1-1 against them this year) on Thursday, Newcastle (first time they will face them this year) on Saturday and Torrington (1-1) next Tuesday. All three matchups will be critical conference games for the Lady Bulldogs. Thursday's game begins at 5 p.m. with the freshman team, followed by the JV and varsity squads afterwards. Saturday's games start at 11 a.m. with JV and varsity to follow. Tuesday's games begin at 5 p.m. with the JV team and varsity will play afterwards.

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