Monticello volleyball plays challenging week

The Monticello High School volleyball team took a short trip to Moab to take on rival Grand County this past Tuesday, August 24. These girls have been competing against each other since the fourth grade and were ready for a great match.

Monticello was plagued by service errors in the first set, causing a game loss of 10 to 25. The second set was tighter until Lady Red Devil Paige Shumway broke it open, serving eight tough in a row. The Lady Bucks returned, but Shumway would not let anything drop.

Finally, Saydi Young stopped the run with a strong block to rally the Buckaroos. Young followed up with two kills, and Abbi Christensen had one kill. Jessi Slack had a kill through the block, bringing the score to 13-21 before the team dropped the second 13 to 25.

The third set kept the spectators on their toes. Grand coaches called time out after Kylie Rogers served an ace, bringing the score to 20-16 in the Devils’ favor.

The teams matched rallies to end 25-20 in favor of the Red Devils. The Bucks needed to put up a block and attack the ball at the net in order to be more competitive.

They brought that action on Wednesday night when they hosted the Montezuma-Cortez Lady Panthers. The first set was outstanding with each team matching point for point, back and forth.

Kylie Rogers got a strong kill and one with a strategic tip. Athena Ford got two kills, Alli Barry had two kills and two substantial blocks, while Jessi Slack used the tip for two kills. Hannah Barry served a fantastic ace. But it wasn’t quite enough, with the Panthers taking the first set 22-25.

In the second set, Barry brought the bench to their feet with her kills. Jessi Slack blocked two hard hits and put two more kills on her stat sheet. But the Panthers still took set two 17-25.

The third set found both teams determined. Abby Christensen had a kill for a great start. Jade Nielson served consistently, helping the team immensely.

Saydi Young had two strong kills, Rosy Beh got a kill from the back row, and Alli Barry swung hard and used the tip for three kills. Jessi Slack contributed with a kill and a block.

Exciting as it was, the Panthers still dominated, closing out the third 17-25.

To close out the week, the Lady Buckaroos spent Friday and Saturday, August 27-28 at the Dixie Fly High Invitational in St. George, coming home with two wins and four losses.

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