Four straight for Bucks after wins over Whitehorse and Pinnacle

The Monticello volleyball team traveled south to Montezuma Creek this past Tuesday, September 28 to face the Whitehorse Raiders.

The Buckaroos dominated to win in straight sets 25-14, 25-8, and 25-5. The loss dropped the Raiders to 2-7 on the year.

Whitehorse seniors Kailee Tohonnie, Shaundiin Tenor and Mckeeda Sam all served well for the home team, as did sophomore Kaedence Lansing.

Setter and junior Deiondra Billjohn shows a lot of potential and junior Shelby Vasku was a good digger for the defense.

Senior Saydee Young served well for the Bucks and racked up four kills on the night.

Jessi Slack served consistently, collecting an ace on the night and two kills on offense.

Rosy Beh got a nice kill from the back row off a set from Taylor Barry and Taylor Lewis enjoyed several tips for kills in the third set.

Ali Barry got a number of kills, blocks, and ace serves in the victory. Senior Kylie Rogers served well and got at least one kill per set in the middle.

Abbi Christensen enjoyed several ace serves and assisted for kills. Athena Ford was successful at her jump serve and had a kill on offense.

On Thursday, September 30 Monticellolooked to continue their momentum when they welcomed the Pinnacle Panthers to the MHS gymnasium.

The girls were tough at the net for the entire match, rejecting any offense the Panthers tried to mount. They took the first two sets easily 25-15 and 25-5, but Pinnacle got their rhythm in the third.

Senior Samantha Kessler served two aces and had three attempts at the net, but MHS stayed alert and didn’t let them fall.

Pinnacle led by as much as four points and kept the third set neck-and-neck until it was 21-all. But the home team went on a 4-0 run to pull out their fourth straight win, 25-21.

Junior middle blocker Ali Barry was on fire for the Buckaroos, racking up eight kills on the night. Barry also blocked well. Freshman Alise Lewis served well and killed off the block. Kylie Rogers logged six kills in the win.

Pinnacle freshman Heather Kerr blocked well and had two kills. Senior setter Kemery Stuckenshneider got some good looks when her team got the ball to her.

Buckaroo Saydi Young enjoyed seven kills on the night including a strategic tip. Libero Rosy Beh covered well. Senior Jessi Slack served well and had two kills on the night. Athea Ford got five kills.

Monticello improved to 8-10 with the wins, and is ranked #11 in the 1A RPI standings with just eight matches remaining in the regular season.

The Buckaroos hosted the rival Grand County Red Devils for homecoming on Tuesday, October 5. They’ll travel to Green River this Thursday, October 7 to take on the Pirates.

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