L-FL survives five-set thriller

BURNS – The Lingle-Fort Laramie Lady Doggers traded the first four sets on the road Friday against Burns, before cinching things down and winning the fifth set to secure the thrilling win.

“It took us five games to beat Burns, but it was a big win for us to beat them at home,” coach Barb Clark said. “Games four and five were really good games for us. We really started to clean things up and play some good volleyball.”

Burns began by defending their home floor, winning the first set 25-20. The Lady Doggers came back to win the second set by the same score, before falling in the third, 25-22. With its back against the wall, L-FL won the fourth set 25-19 to force the decisive fifth set. The Lady Doggers sealed their road win with a 15-8 win in the fifth.

Amanda Riley was the star at the net, putting home 25 kills with a 47 percent kills percentage. She also had 10 digs, an ace and a block.

“Amanda Riley had a great match on the net with 25 kills,” Clark said. “She had only four errors on 53 attack attempts, which was incredible.”

Jordyn Gaspers was second on the team in kills, with seven, and tied with Riley in digs, with 10. She led the Lady Doggers in aces, with four. Jordan Hunt was second in digs, with 17, while Sierra Spears chipped in another 11. The duo also combined for four aces and five kills.

Jade Cooper topped the stat sheet in the digs department, racking up 20 in the win. She also had two blocks and 34 assists, both of which were team-highs, and five kills and an ace. Paige Forkner added two aces, a kill, a set and five digs as well.

Morrill, Neb. Invite 3-0

The Lady Doggers crossed state lines Saturday to compete in the Morrill Invite, where they posted a 3-0 record.

“Saturday was also a good day,” Clark said. “It was nice to go and play teams we don’t normally get to see.”

L-FL started with a two-set win over host Morrill, 25-9 and 25-16.

Riley recorded 15 kills over the two sets, while Gaspers kicked in seven.

Cooper again led L-FL in assists (23) and digs (10). Spears was second in digs, with five, followed by Forkner, with four, and Hunt, with three. Spears had two kills, while Cooper, Forkner and Hunt each added one apiece. Cooper led the way in aces, with two.

Garden County, Neb. took the first set from the Lady Doggers, 25-14, but L-LF came back with a vengeance to win the next two sets, 25-12 and 25-20.

Hunt took the top spot in kills, with 10. She also had six digs. Riley recorded six kills and two aces in the win along with a team-high 15 digs. Gaspers, who had four kills, recorded 13 digs.

Forkner was the final Lady Dogger with double-digit digs, racking up 12. Cooper, who had 20 assists and two kills, added eight digs. Spears had a team-high four aces along with six digs.

The Lady Doggers continued their roll, picking up a two-set win over Sioux County, Neb. L-FL won the first set 25-9, before snagging the second 25-19.

“Watching Sioux County during the day, I knew we were going to really have to play well to stay with them,” Clark said. “Against them, I feel like we played the best volleyball we have played all season… our defense was great… we chased down balls off the court and made some incredible plays. It was just a lot of fun having things go so well.”

Riley returned to the top of the leaderboard in kills with 10. She also had nine digs and tied for the team lead in aces, with three. Forkner was the other Lady Dogger with three aces in the win, which she combined with a kill and six digs.

Spears and Kalli Nichol tied for the second slot in the kill department, recording three apiece. The two also combined for four digs. Gaspers had the most digs, with 14, along with two kills. Hunt and Cooper both added two kills apiece and combined for seven digs, while Cooper recorded 20 assists.

At the end of the weekend, L-FL upped their record to 13-6. The Lady Doggers return to the court Thursday to take on Glenrock in a road contest, with the varsity game slated for 6 p.m.

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