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Encampment drops two matches in northwest

Learning season proves tough for hardworking Lady Tigers

 

October 17, 2018

Photo courtesy Hayley Biggs

Noelle Peterson serves against Farson-Eden Friday.

The Encampment Lady Tigers ventured to the northwest corner of the state over the weekend to take on conference rivals the No. 3 Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns (10-25, 13-25, 16-25) on Friday and the No. 1 Cokeville Lady Panthers (11-25, 13-25, 7-25) on Saturday. Both games were hard losses for the young Lady Tigers, but, as has been the case all season, the score does not reflect the work being put in by the student athletes.

Encampment vs.

Farson-Eden

When the Lady Pronghorns (4-3, 14-5) last played against Encampment, it was in Tiger Nation and the Lady Tigers made the game last five sets and got two wins out of the match.

"We were really looking forward to the game versus Farson as this was a chance to turn the corner and get a conference win," said Robin Brown, head coach of the Encampment Lady Tigers. "We did not play to our ability and just seemed to be flat overall."

While the last game against Farson-Eden may have lasted five sets, this time the Lady Pronghorns were able to keep Encampment at bay and win in three sets.

Encampment vs.

Cokeville

Following their loss to the Lady Pronghorns the day before, the Lady Tigers took on the other Lady Panthers of the 1A Southwest conference, Cokeville (7-0, 20-9). When the Lady Panthers and Cokeville last faced off, on Sept. 15, the orange and black dispatched the red and black in three sets. This match would be no different.

"The Cokeville game was a much better game than the score showed," Brown said. "Cokeville is a very good team and run many specialized plays, they run a triple block and quick sets in several positions."

According to Brown, there were several long volleys between the Lady Tigers and Cokeville. This, as the season has progressed, has been something that Encampment has worked on and ensuring that any win against them is not easy.

"I was proud of the way the girls stepped up and played at a higher level," said Brown. "We are working to carry that level of play into this last week of the regular season."

Following the two losses this weekend, Encampment is 0-7 for the conference and 3-10-1 for the season.

Three games remain in the regular season for Encampment. At 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 they will host the North Park Wildcats, travel to Little Snake River Valley on Oct. 19 to take on the Lady Rattlers (1-5, 6-12) at 4 p.m. and host the Hanna, Elk Mountain and Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners at noon on Oct. 20.

 

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