LFL splits with Guernsey, Pine Bluffs


LINGLE – The Lingle-Fort Laramie High School volleyball team split a pair of matches last week, defeating the Guernsey-Sunrise Lady Vikings at home but falling to the Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets on the road.

On Thursday, the Lady Doggers celebrated four seniors – Makenzie Vaughn, Tiah Meyer, Maddie Heilbrun and M’Lynn Hill – who were playing their final home game of their volleyball careers.

LFL rolled to a 3-0 (25-6, 25-12, 25-8) victory in just under an hour.

In the first set, the Lady Doggers scored the first five points of the set, highlighted by a kill from sophomore Natalie Speckner, a junior Baylee Skinner ace, and a Heilburn block.

The Lingle lead continued to grow for the remainder of the set, and a Lady Viking serve error gave the Lady Doggers a 1-0 set lead.

In the second set, Guernsey scored the first two points, but a kill from freshman Brenly Shipp started to shift the momentum back in the home team’s favor.

Tied at five apiece, Meyer tallied a kill to put the Lady Doggers in front for the first time in the set, and it was a lead which LFL never trailed for the remainder of the set.

At one point in the second set, Hill served up four consecutive aces, pushing the Lingle lead to 16-7. Meyer capped off the set with a kill.

In the third set, Guernsey again scored the first point of the set, but the next five points went to LFL en route to the sweep.

Meyer led the Lady Doggers with eight kills, while Speckner added five. Hill had five kills, to go along with a team-high seven aces. As a team, the Doggers had 20 aces for the match. Skinner added five and Speckner three. Skinner had 17 assists.

On the defensive side of the net, Heilbrun and Speckner recorded two blocks each. Speckner tallied seven digs, while Hill had six.

The next day, the Lady Doggers traveled to Pine Bluffs, falling 3-1 (25-16, 25-12, 13-25, 25-16) to the Lady Hornets.

Meyer led the LFL with six kills, while Shipp and Speckner added five apiece. Shipp also had three aces, while Myer had two.

Speckner tallied a team-high 16 digs, while Shipp and Hill had nine apiece. Junior Hailey Smith led the team with three blocks, one solo and two assisted, while Meyer had two, one solo and one assisted.

The Lady Doggers (8-14) wrap up the regular season on Saturday in Lusk against the Niobrara County Lady Tigers (1-18). First serve is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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