Lady Dragons start of 2022 season with a win
The Malad High School Volleyball team started off their season on Wednesday, August 24, at home facing Marsh Valley. The energy was great and the girls were ready to play. Malad worked hard and the team won in three games. Malad defeated Marsh Valley 25-22, 25-9, and 25-14.
Coach Camie Tripp said the student section was awesome and kept the energy high throughout the match.
Coach Tripp added, “We did a lot of things really well. It was a fun night. Our serve-receive struggled, and Hallie Horlsey led with an average of 1.6. Our hitters were swinging well, and Hallie _Horsley) led the way with 14 kills, Riglee (Peterson)added 6, and Abby (Rosenquist) had 3. Our defense covered the floor well. Journie (Tovey) and Adley (Kimberling) led with 15 digs each while Riglee added 13. Abby and Camia (Bean) both had some great touches. Overall, it was a great start to our season.”
The Lady Dragons took the court again on Thursday, August 25, when they went to Pocatello and took on the 4A Thunder. The girls started off great jumping out to an 8-1 lead, but Pocatello batted back. While the Dragons had game point opportunities twice, they could not quite finish it out and lost 27-29. They started their second game on fire and jumped out to a 9-0 lead. This time the Dragons were able to hold them and won 25-18. But they lost their momentum and lost the third and fourth sets 13-25 and 12-25.
Coach Tripp said, “We did some good things, but failed to make the defensive adjustments needed to get the win. They had some strong pin hitters and down the stretch they consistently made great plays. Again, our serve-receive struggled and Journie led all passers with a 1.5 average. On the offensive side Hallie led with 12 kills, Riglee added 10, and Abby added 8. Defensively, Riglee led with 22 digs, Journie added 20, and Anistyn (Tovey) added 12. While it wasn’t the outcome we wanted, it was good for us to see balls come fast and high, and we started to make some good adjustments down the stretch.”
The girls will take the court again in Highland for the Peg Peterson Tournament on both Friday and Saturday, September 2 and 3.