TWIN FALLS — Getting swept is always a tough pill to swallow, especially at home on your own court.
The Burley High School volleyball team was the thorn in the Canyon Ridge Riverhawks’ side on Tuesday, coming away with a 25-13, 25-10, 25-12 sweep and picking up the road Great Basin Conference win.
“We just lacked energy and communication tonight,” said Canyon Ridge coach Michelle Glass. “We knew going in that Burley is a good team, and I just asked the girls to compete.”
While Canyon Ridge appeared flat, Burley came out just the opposite.
Burley coach Stephanie Shirley was impressed with her team’s effort.
“We really hustled and played every point like it was the last,” said Shirley. “I was very happy with the girlss performance. We still need to work on some small things so they don’t end up being big things.”
Burley was pretty steady from an offensive standpoint, recording 43 kills as a team. Junior Kennedee Tracy paced the Bobcats with 11 kills, and Makayla Tolman added eight. Senior setter Jayli Searle helped the Burley offense with a game-high 31 assists, and Ashley Shirley had four serving aces. Senior libero Alex Hutchison had 12 digs, and Tolman had five blocks.
“I enjoy blocking and working to become a better hitter,” said Tolman, who thinks she started playing volleyball in the fourth grade but said it could have been sooner. “This year, we are mostly seniors, and last year, we had none. We are a very competitive team.”
Senior Taylor Huddleston led the Canyon Ridge offense with six kills, and setter Alexis Jones dished out 11 assists. Kelbie Standley led the defense with 12 digs, and Makayla Bernal and Brooklyn Weston each had two blocks.