The Skyline Lady Thunderbirds played solidly in sweeping the Central Christian triangular with Burrton on Tuesday. The T-Birds downed the host CC Cougars 25-11; 25-20 and then short-circuited the Burrton Chargers 25-8; 25-18.
Alyssa Swonger collected 7 kills and 2 blocks against Central Christian. Janessa Davis had 5 kills. Shelby Bender served 3 aces.
In the Burrton match, Davis led with 6 kills, Taylor Tobin added 5 and Swonger 3. The Lady T-Birds serving was also deadly. Taylor DeWeese scored 3 aces while Kaitlyn Stark, Kamryn Stark, Bender and Mycha Owens each had 2.
Despite the convincing wins, SHS head coach Summer Younie felt that her girls played a little bit sluggishly. In contrast to the comfortable Thunder Dome, Central’s gym is not air-conditioned and the Lady T-Birds may have been feeling the effects of the heat.
Younie had words of praise for right-siders Alyssa Swonger and Taylor Tobin. “They played really well, both blocking and hitting,” Younie commented.
“We also got some great passes from Betsy Giles who went in and played some back row,” Younie continued. “Jessica DeWeese saw some action in the front row. She is going to be a force.”
The event also saw the first action this season by the Skyline JV. “There were some moments of greatness from many of our JV players,” Coach Younie said. Burrton got up early on SHS JV as nerves came into play for many of the T-Birds. They were more relaxed against Central, but Coach Younie said there were still some girls struggling with the rotation, but that they would get it.
Skyline next has a triangular at Medicine Lodge September 17 where they will see Norwich.