Bearcat volleyball picks up wins in Wyoming
     2015-09-10      By Roger Holsinger   
Photos by Roger Holsinger Photography - Kelli Wentz watches as her hit goes in between two Alliance defenders during the Lady Bearcats home opener last week. 
While the opening match for the Scottsbluff High School volleyball team didn’t go as Head Coach Kenna Urwiller had hoped, her squad did pick up two wins during games in Wyoming.

The Lady Bearcats opened their season at home on Sept. 4 hosting Alliance. In the first set, both teams appeared to be a bit nervous as the lead changed throughout the set. Scottsbluff rallied back and took a 17-14 lead as Alliance had a tough time hitting. But Alliance came back and with some tough serves and strong hitting took the first set, 25-22.

Alliance again started off strong in the second set, but Scottsbluff came back as Kelli Wentz and Aly Camacho played well at the net and Lady Bearcats took a 9-6 lead. But once again the errors plagued Scottsbluff both on the serve-receive and the open court and Alliance came back to win, 25-18.

The third set was like the second with bright spots for Scottsbluff, but then hits when out and Alliance showed its power at the net as the Lady Bearcats fell, 25-18.
Urwiller said going into the home opener she expected some competitive volleyball, “and I thought throughout the three sets, that happened. Each team had their lulls and unfortunately we had a few more of those.”
Looking back on the match Urwiller said she was pleased with what she saw adding that the team, “has a long way to go,” but she saw a lot of potential.
Later in the week the Lady Bearcats traveled to Gillette, Wyo. for a tournament. Sept. 4 the Lady Bearcats lost a two-game match with Rawlins, 14-25, 13-25; then played Rock Springs to three games, but lost, 22-25, 25-18 and 20-25.However, they picked up the win against Cheyenne South the next day, 16-25, 25-18, 25-20; lost to Laramie and Newcastle in straight set, but beat Tongue River, 25-22 and 25-10.
Hubbard said something that should help her squad this season is the leadership from her seniors including Kelli Wentz, Anna Yanke, Aly Camacho, Morgan Smith, and Stacea Pauli.

“We have a great group of seniors and we hold them to a certain expectation of leadership and I think that will come on even stronger as the year goes on,” said Hubbard.

The Lady Bearcats (2-5) traveled to Cheyenne East on Tuesday and will host Cheyenne Central on Sept. 10.

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