By James Robinson

Empire Press Correspondent

Waterville/Mansfield’s volleyball teams lost their matches on the road with Lake Roosevelt on Sept. 13.

The Shocker junior varsity team lost their match 2-1. Set scores were 25-16, 26-24, 12-25. JV matches are decided by the best of three sets.

The Shocker varsity girls also lost their match, 3-0, which is decided by the best of five sets. Set scores were 25-14, 25-20, 25-22.

Head coach Melissa Flaget said about the varsity, “Our serving improved. Passing was not as good as our first game last Tuesday. The girls were able to get some good plays in during the game. They are reading the other team’s defense better. This helps them put the ball down in spots that are harder to dig up. We didn’t have too many hard hit kills. The girls had kills off of tips.”

Flaget added, “Codee Reid and Alex Poppie keep looking better and better at the middle with their blocking. It is enjoyable to see them put up the big blocks. Ari Salcido and Ali Mires worked a lot on defense. Lake Roosevelt had a strong offense and these two worked hard at digging the stronger hits that came our way.”

Both the Shocker junior varsity and varsity teams are focused on the big picture and are learning and improving with each match. This was only the second match of the season for both teams, but when the girls step on the court they work really hard as a team and are having a positive end result. The girls have set season-long goals and should have a great season if they all keep focusing on those goals.

Lake Roosevelt has been a strong team over the years. Last year they ended the season with a 12-6 record. The Shockers closed out the season last year 4-11.

The Shocker girls played Oroville at home Sept. 18 and will be on the road Sept. 20 facing Manson.

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