The Filly volleyball team finally started to gel on the court last weekend, easily defeating two conference opponents.
Cody dominated Jackson on Friday and won 3-0. They followed up with another solid performance Saturday, sweeping Lander 3-0.
“We are doing all the little things, and everyone is finally fitting together,” senior Taylor Morton said. “The flow is right.”
“We played three solid games from start to finish, which we’ve been working on the last couple of weeks” coach Tammy Hays said. “I think we’ve taken a corner. The girls have upped their play.”
With the victories Cody is now 10-3 overall and 2-1 in conference.
“It was a relief to win,” senior Nicole Blank said. “We’ve been working so hard and it was fun.”
Before the Saturday match seniors Blank, Olivia Christensen, Rae Edwards, Morton, Maggie, Sinner, Kiara Skinner and Shandi Young were honored.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Blank said. “We left on a good note playing Filly volleyball.”
“This is a precious group to meet because they’re the first freshman group we had,” Hays said. “They’re such upstanding girls of character.”
Cody started off strong against Jackson and jumped to an 8-0 lead behind the serving of Christensen.
“They came out ready and played more for each other which was exciting to see,” Hays said.
The Lady Broncs went on a little run to pull within five before Cody scored five straight points to lead 14-5.
Jackson scored five points in a row before a block by Michelle Fales ended the run. Morton then had a kill, followed by four errors by Jackson to give Cody a 20-10 lead. A kill by Laurel Place ended the match and gave Cody a 25-19 win.
The second game was much closer early, with both teams trading points. With the game tied at 13, Place had back-to-back kills for Cody to give her team a two-point lead. They continued to pull away behind the serving of Blank and 10 straight points before Jackson got the ball back.
“We had phenomenal serving tonight,” Hays said.
A tip by Fales and carry by Jackson gave Cody a 25-14 win.
Cody started the third game much like the first, jumping out to a 7-0 lead with Christensen serving.
“That’s the best we’ve served all year,” Christensen said.
Jackson scored one point, but then Blank stepped back to serve and extended the Fillies’ lead to 13-1 with two aces in the stretch.
Cody led 16-3 before Jackson finally found a little life and outscored the Fillies 6-2 to make it 19-9.
Cody came on strong to close the game though, with kills by Skinner and Place, a block by Fales and another ace by Blank to win 25-12.
“This was a turning point in our season,” Christensen said. “We’ve been working on talking and we started doing that.”
Blank finished with five aces, while Christensen had four. Edwards had five digs and Christensen four. Place finished with 10 kills and Morton four. Fales finished with nine stuff blocks.
“We had some great defensive ups from Olivia that really helped keep us scrappy and into the game,” Hays said.
Cody jumped out strong in game one against Lander on Saturday, going up 8-2. The Lady Tigers never could get close after that as the Fillies pulled away with strong play around the court. Sinner had a kill to set up game point for Cody, and then Lander hit the ball out of bounds to make it 25-15.
“I’m happy we were able to play so well,” Morton said. “It was nice to show how we can really play.”
The second game was close until Cody scored five points and went up 12-6 with Young serving. The Fillies outscored Lander 7-3 to lead 20-10. Two kills by Sinner, aces by Mariah Schumard and Young and a tip by Blank ended the game, with Cody winning 25-13.
The Fillies pulled away quickly in game three, going up 6-1. Lander pulled within two, but then committed two errors. Combined with kills by Morton and Skinner, and an ace by Young the Fillies went up 13-7.
Skinner and Morton had kills to make it 24-16, and Skinner finished off the game with a kill to give Cody the 25-18 win.
“We communicated well and were scrappy,” Hays said. “We played hard for each other.”
Place finished with 16 kills, Morton had seven and Skinner five. Fales had six blocks and Skinner two, Young had four aces, and Schumard and Edwards each had five digs.
Cody plays at Powell at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and hopes to avenge a 3-0 loss to the Lady Panthers earlier this season.
“I feel like they might be doubting us,” Morton said. “But we’re going to show we are better than we were in that match.”