The Outlaw ladies varsity volleyball team played at home Sept. 6 against Cove, gunning down the Leopards in four sets. Team scores were 25-21, 23-25, 25-21 and 25-20.
Rilyn Kirkland led the squad from the serving line, going 16 for 16 and played tough in clutch moments. Lexie Gassett racked up six kills at the net while Shelby Moncrief shoveled up 14 digs.
Coach Lisa Farwell said that the Outlaws put out a solid effort throughout the match. The squad worked on implementing a new defense, and she was pleased with the team’s patience in its execution.
Coach Farwell did note areas where the team needed work.
“Our serve receive was not what it usually is; Cove had some strong servers that rattled my passers,” she said.
The Elgin Huskies felt the burn of Outlaw lead as the ladies traveled to Elgin on Sept. 8. The Outlaw ladies took the bark out of the Huskies, winning three straight sets: 25-19, 25-19 and 25-12.
Ashlyn Gray turned in a superb performance with seven kills and seven ace serves. At the net, Claire Farwell dealt three kills and Lexie Gassett, Shelby Moncrief and Rilyn Kirkland added three ace serves for the win.
Coach Farwell noted improvements the team made on serve receive on Saturday against Elgin, especially after the struggle against Cove earlier in the week.
She also noted the play of Gray.
“It was fun to see Ashlyn gain some confidence at the net. She had one of her best matches today,” Farwell said.
In an inter-county matchup, the Outlaws travel to Joseph High School on Friday, Sept. 14, for a nonleague game. The Outlaws travel to North Powder on the following day for an eight-team tournament.