Herd VB embrace tough challenges at Gillette tourney

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Glenrock’s Megann Farley (10) and the Herder defense prepare to make a defensive stop during the Gillette Invitational Tournament.

RJ Morgan, rj@glenrockind.com

The Herders served up their first victories of the season in Campbell County.

With several of the best teams in 4A among the three dozen teams at the Gillette Invitational volleyball tournament over the weekend, it provided the small schools and rebuilding programs a chance to take on some tough competition and prepare for conference play.

Glenrock High School was faced with that exact challenge. The team entered the tournament seeking its first win of the season. While they earned their first victories of 2022, it was the task of taking on power teams that will pay off in the long run. 

The Herders were unable to land their first win of the season during a rough pool play schedule. They fell 25-18, 25-16 to Spearfish to open the tournament.

It only got tougher after that. They faced Big Horn, the No. 1 team in 3A and came up short 25-20, 25-19 before falling to Natrona County, the No. 4 ranked team in 4A, 25-8, 25-15.

Those enormous tasks prepared the team for bracket play. GHS dropped a 25-18, 25-10 decision to Newcastle before everything changed.

After starting the season with a losing streak, Glenrock will now enter the third week of the season with a winning streak. Evie Sivage, Hailey O’Brien, Julia Sarvey, Megann Farley, Ann Marie Young and Trysta Stoddard were among the many Herders who helped serve up two straight victories to end the tournament.

Glenrock unloaded its best effort of the season in beating Rapid City Central 25-21, 25-22. GHS then beat Sundance in a consolation clash 25-21, 25-22  to make a a victorious return back to Converse County.


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