Alyssa Bullington

Alyssa Bullington, pictured serving in Douglas, finished the Rawlins Tournament with 18 digs and seven aces.

It wasn’t the result the Lady Bearcats were looking for, but the Douglas High School volleyball team pushed through the Rawlins 3A Tournament and can now look ahead to conference play.

The first day of the tournament, Sept. 13, was as split as it could get for Douglas. They split both of their first two matches of the day in pool play against Lander and Pinedale.

Against Lander, their first match, the Lady Bearcats won the first set 21–14 and lost the second 13–21. Douglas eked out a 21–18 win in the first set and fell 16–21 in the second. The team’s only win on Friday was against Burns High School. DHS took the first set 21–16 and the second 21–18.

“Lander and Pinedale are really outstanding teams right now and Burns has some tough servers which can expose some of the skills that we need to keep getting better at during the year. I was happy with our intensity in all four of the sets we won that day,” head coach Angela Rhoades said.

Over the two days, the leaderboard for Douglas was topped with two natural born killers. Joslin Igo and Allyson Fertig each picked up 35 kills. Fertig also led the Lady Bearcats with 13 blocks. Kamdynn Townsend led the squad with 84 assists.

Andi Hunsicker led the team with 53 serves received and 44 digs. After winning four of their six sets on Friday, the Lady Bearcats qualified for the gold bracket. In that bracket they faced off with Worland, Mountain View and Pinedale.

Douglas took down Worland in the first match of the day in three sets. They lost the first 20–22 before rallying 21–12 and 15–13 to seal the win. Unfortunately for the Lady Bearcats, that was the end of their good fortune on the trip. Mountain View handily dropped them in two sets 15–21 and 14–21. With the losses in the book, Douglas finished the Rawlins Tournament in fourth place.

“Overall I thought fourth place at the 3A tournament at this time in the season with kids in and out of the line up still was a fairly decent showing. The girls are learning lessons every week and I’m enjoying this journey with them for sure,” Rhoades said.

With Rawlins in the rearview, the Lady Bearcats have completed their season-opening streak of weekend tournaments. The team sits with a record of 11–6–2 overall. They’re the only team in the 3A Noortheast Conference in volleyball with a record above .500.

The first game of conference play for the Lady Bearcats is on Sept. 20 when they take on Buffalo High School at home at 6 p.m. They’ll be in Thermopolis the next night for a game with the Hot Springs County High School Bobcats.

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