BIG PINEY – The Farson High School volleyball team pulled ahead of the Big Piney Lady Punchers by four points in the fourth set on Sept. 1, threatening to force its opponent into a fifth-set tie breaker at the Puncher Gym.
Big Piney freshman Kodee Greene set the ball, closing Big Piney’s deficit to three points. Sophomore Micah Strong bumped the ball into Farson’s territory for point 6.
Senior Hannah Runyan and Greene slammed over kills, bringing the Punchers to within two points of overtaking their opponents.
Farson scored several points until senior Audree Sevenski dug deep for a save, sending the ball to Runyan for the point.
Senior Shelby Guest delivered a powerful kill off an assist by senior Sharianne Brower. Farson hit the ball out and tangled with the net returning serves by senior Brynne Hoffman.
The Punchers regained the initiative and maintained the lead for the remainder of the fourth set to take the win, 25-17, and a 3-1 home-court victory over Farson.
The Lady Punchers’ ability to turn the tide in the fourth set reflected the team’s determination to rally following a loss in the first set. The Lady Punchers went on to defeat the Pronghorn in the next three sets.
“It took us a full set to get playing,” said Head Coach Kinsy Voss. “I’ve got a newer varsity group this year, so we are all learning each other’s tendencies. Big Piney has some excellent female athletes, and we are lucky to have a good amount out for volleyball.”
Farson took control in the first set, establishing a significant early lead. Big Piney found its footing and managed to swing back, but ultimately came up short in closing the gap. Farson hit over game point for the win, 25-21.
The Pronghorns scored first in the second set. Guest replied with a kill, assisted by Brower. Greene and Guest served up a set of points. Runyan powered over an ace, stretching Big Piney’s lead to four points.
Farson failed to return two serves from Strong. Greene tipped over point 13. Runyan scored the next two points.
Senior Brittany Tatum served point 16. Diving for a save, Sevenski dug deep for point 18. Hoffman aced point 19 and Runyan followed up with a kill. Brower blocked Farson’s attempt to score. Runyan wound up another kill before Tatum tipped over game point, 25-15.
The Lady Punchers ramped up their intensity in the third set, maintaining the lead from the first point to game point, 25-14.
Runyan, Guest, Strong and Tatum held the front line, scoring early points. Farson briefly tied the set at 10 points. Tatum answered back with a kill, assisted by Brower. Guest delivered a kill with Brower bumping point 15 over the net.
Strong scored two kills and Guest aced a serve. Runyan whipped up two aces, followed by another kill from Strong.
The lead bounced back and forth in the fourth and final set. Tatum tied the game at four points before Farson edged up on the scoreboard.
Greene, Strong and Runyan brought Big Piney within two points of taking the lead. Guest slammed over a kill.
Hoffman served up a pair of points to place the Lady Punchers in the lead. Runyan blocked for point 14 and scored three aces.
Brower tipped over point 21. Strong took her turn serving and aced it. Farson hit the ball out of bounds and Strong scored game point, 25-17.
The Lady Punchers tallied 59 digs, with Sevenski leading the team at 16. Runyan scored five of the team’s 10 aces during the game and made three out of three blocks.
Guest led in kills, slamming 10 over the net. Brower set the team up for success with 23 assists.
Big Piney volleyball returns to competition following the holiday with an away game against Jackson on Tuesday, Sept. 6, and the Big Horn Invitational in Big Horn, Wyo., on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10.