Bucks win two at state volleyball meet
The Lady Buckaroos finished their 2021 season without placing at the state 1A playoffs in Orem, UT.
The Bucks beat their first opponent, Wendover, in four sets on Friday but dropped their match with Piute in four sets. Starting the consolation round on Saturday, the Bucks were defeated by Tabiona.
Senior Taylor Lewis finished the year credited with 61 kills, 11 aces and 72 digs. Saydi Young’s stats for her senior year were 20 ace serves, 78 digs, 7 blocks and 104 kills.
Senior defensive specialist Athea Ford ended with 70 digs, 23 aces and 30 kills. Ford struggled through hip problems and a sprained ankle to finish strong.
Middle blocker Kylie Rogers had 19 aces, 15 blocks (including 5 solo) and 73 kills on the season. Senior Jessica Slack finished the year with 44 kills, 15 blocks, 9 aces and 33 digs.
Coach Kelli Keyes said, “I choose to coach because of the girls…to teach girls about life through the amazing game of volleyball, to help guide them through trials and disappointments.”
She also thanked her assistant, Erin Barry, “for helping me strive to become better, a better coach, teacher, wife and mother.”
Monticello is losing five seniors, but returning next year will be the main setter, Abbi Christensen, strong and tall middle blockers Shayla Pehrson, Berlynn Black, and versatile hitters Ali Barry and Alise Lewis. Defensive specialist Jade Nielson and Libero Rosy Beh will also bring experience to next year’s team.
Up and coming setters and hitters are Amy Lewis, Taylor (Big T) Barry, Emmry Wilcox and Hannah Barry. The Lady Bucks have a bright future.
This writer (and mother) hopes to instill individual responsibility and a strong team ethic. The only thing you have 100 percent control over is your attitude. Good luck in all your future endeavors!