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Warriors disappointed with split at Pine Bluffs


The Leyton volleyball team dropped just its second match of the year in a Saturday triangular at Pine Bluffs, Wyo. with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the hosts. In its other match, the Warriors swept Hay Springs 2-0.

The Warriors (21-2) won the first set 25-18 over the Pine Bluffs Hornets (6-11) but were knocked off 25-23 and 25-20 in the final two. In the match over the Hay Springs Hawks (11-6), Leyton won 25-10 and 25-22.

"This was a dissapointing loss for all of us," said the Warriors Head Coach Jodi Craig of the Pine Bluffs match. "We didn't play with any emotion or intensity and it resulted in not executing consistently."

Kelsey Waite was at the top of the kill chart for Leyton against Pine Bluffs with 14. She also made only one service error in 14 attempts. As usual setter Katy Ernest led the Warriors in set assists with 31.

Defensively, Kassandra Harris had an impressive 16 digs to lead four players with double-figure digs. Kelsey Waite added 12 digs while her sister Diedra Waite had 11 and Shaela Jenkins 10.

"Every player did some great things, we just couldn't get it all put together at the same time," Craig said. "Our hitter coverage was probably the best I have seen it so far this season."

In the match against Hay Springs the Warriors struggled from the service line. Nevertheless, Harris was a bright spot as she served 15 times without an error. The Warriors scored 11 points with Harris on the line. Kelsey Waite and Kaitlyn Berner were the kill leaders with six each. Harris and Diedra Waite each threw down three kills apiece. Ernest set up 22 Warrior points.

Kelsey Waite and Harris had 12 and nine digs to aide Leyton defensively. Jenkins and Diedra Waite added five each and Ernest four.

"I think we executed things well during this match," Craig said. "We had quite a few service errors which I wasn't happy with. But the girls recovered well in serve-receive to maintain our offensive game.

"We were able to utilize all our hitters, allowing us to get some one-on-one attacks," concluded Craig.

Leyton will travel to Julesburg, Colo. to face Sedgwick County on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. The Cougars are 8-8 so far this season.


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