The Cody volleyball team faced off with two of the top teams in the state during the weekend.
On the road Friday, the Fillies lost to No. 5 Rock Springs 3-0. Saturday at home they fell to No. 1 Kelly Walsh 3-0.
“We would much rather play higher competition because it will better prepare us for the people we will see at regionals and hopefully state,” junior Brittan Bower said. “Playing some of these teams is a challenge, but in the long run it will only make us better.”
The Fillies are now 15-11 overall and 0-5 in the 4A west conference.
“The first part of our season, we played a lot of easier teams,” coach Stephanie Birch said. “Our region is tough. We’re playing against really good teams.”
Cody was outmatched against the top team in the state Saturday. In the first set, a 9-2 run by the Lady Trojans made it 20-9. An ace by Riley Welch and out hit by KW capped off a 4-0 run by Cody late in the game. The Fillies lost 25-12.
“We did play better this time than the last time we faced them,” Birch said. “They serve tough.”
The Fillies’ best play came in the second set. Kills by Autumn Wilson and Welch and an ace by Wilson made it a one-point game early on. Kelly Walsh would go up by four a short time later, but some key blocks, including one by Lake Harrison, and an out of rotation call on KW made it 15-14. The Lady Trojans slowly pulled away after that and went on to win the match 25-18.
“We were trying to focus on playing point by point,” Bower said. “The second game we seemed to have a bit better energy and communication and got momentum through that.”
The third set was the worst of the day for Cody, as the Fillies quickly found themselves down 13-3. Cody scored just six more points in the set and lost 25-9.
“A lot of their hits are really hard and we were trying to focus on passing and not over-think it,” Harrison said.
On Friday, Rock Springs defeated the Fillies 25-17, 25-12, 25-15.
“We definitely could have played better,” Harrison said. “It wasn’t our best.”
Rock Springs started the first set with four straight aces and it didn’t get much better for the Fillies the rest of the way.
“We were out of sync from the start,” Birch said. “We struggled passing and couldn’t get our offense going.”
Cody hosts Riverton on Saturday at 1 p.m. for its final regular season game.
“It’s our only game of the week so we can really focus on doing our best,” Harrison said.