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Lady Miners Beat Longhorns and Eagles

HEM puts themselves first in 1A Southeast Conference


October 23, 2019

“Saturday we were able to get two more conference wins,” Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School Head Volleyball Coach Jackie Jones said. “With Glendo we were able to get our younger girls some significant playing time.”

Jones said Rock River gave the Lady Miners a bit more trouble.

The Lady Longhorns won the first game.

“In the beginning, you could tell we hadn’t played volleyball in the last couple weeks,” Jones started. “We came out a little rusty and lost the first set. After the loss, I talked to the girls and said ‘This is our wake up call.’’’ Then we came back in the next three and took care of business.”

The Lady Longhorns took the first game 18-25, but the Lady Miners went 25-14, 25-11, 25-14.

“One of the bright spots on Saturday was Hannah Christie had phenomenal serving and Charla Widdison really proved herself as a weak side hitter,” Jones said. “Madison Campbell ended up with 43 assists. Then Taylar (Scott) led us in kills with 17, Amy (Campbell) had 15 and Charla had 13.”

Jones said after the first set the team started to play more balanced.

“After that first set, we took care of business,” Jones said. “I thought Rainey Wilson did a better job defensively and it was a great day of volleyball.”

Jones said with Glendo, although she had starters in the game, she did massive substituting of younger players.

“Hanna Gonzales got herself a couple kills and it was a balanced team oriented day with the two wins,” Jones said.

The wins put the Lady Miners first in their conference.

“The pressure of going into our last game has been taken off a little,” Jones admitted. “But I talked to the girls, this is a matter of finishing what we started. We need to keep our focus on us, not other teams and other issues.”

Jones said she can’t believe the regular season is coming to an end.

“I am glad this past weekend happened after the rough start, we played balanced volleyball,” Jones said. “We have to keep it up.”

Her last opponent of the regular season is not one she is taking lightly.

“Wyoming Indian we played this year already and won in three, but they are a vastly improved team from years before and they have been putting up some good scores,” Jones said. “We need to go up there and take care of business and win so we can go into regionals with some momentum.”

HEM will meet Wyoming Indian on Oct. 25 in Ethete.


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