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Lady Wolves hang on for win over Perryton

The Dalhart Lady Wolves opened the 2022 season under new head coach Nicole Guidry against Perryton on Monday August 8, playing a home volleyball game at the junior high gym. Dalhart jumped out to a 2-0 lead, then held on for a 3-2 win after the Rangerettes came back to tie the game.

The Lady Wolves scored the first two points of the first set, then the Rangerettes came back to tie the score at 2-2. That would be the closest Perryton would come in that first set. Dalhart scored two straight points, including an ace by Maddi Pedraza, and built up an 8-3 lead. The Lady Wolves scored six of the next eight points to make it 14-5.

The set went back-and-forth for the next few minutes until it was 20-10 in favor of the Lady Wolves. The Rangerettes scored four straight points, but the Lady Wolves turned around and scored five of the next eight points to win the set 25-17. That gave Dalhart a 1-0 lead.

The team exchanged points to start the second set, and then the Lady Wolves scored two straight points before Perryton came back to tie the set at 3-3. The Rangerettes went on to take the lead by one or two points for a few minutes until the Lady Wolves came back to tie it at 8-8. Dalhart took the lead back on the next point, and then a big block by Avery Baca and Kammi Maddox gave Dalhart a 10-8 lead. Perryton score the next point, but the Lady Wolves followed that with a run to open up a 16-9 lead. Dalhart extended the lead to 23-10, and ended up winning the second set 25-12 to take a 2-0 lead in the game.

The Lady Wolves struggled in the next two sets as Perryton made a comeback. The Rangerettes scored the first two points of the third set, but Dalhart came back to tie it at 2-2 and then take a 4-2 lead. Perryton scored three straight though and took the lead back at 5-4, eventually expanding the lead to 10-6 in favor of the Rangerettes.

Dalhart slowly came back to tie the score at 14-14, 15-15, and 17-17. The Rangerettes scored five of the next six points however to take a 22-19 lead, and went on to win the third set 25-22. That made the score 2-1 in Dalhart’s favor for the game.

The fourth set started out the same as the third, with Perryton scoring the first two points and Dalhart coming back to tie it at 2-2. The scoring went back-and-forth for a while, with ties at 6-6 and 8-8. Perryton scored two of the next three points and then Maddy Stady served two straight aces to tie the score at 10-10 and then give the Lady Wolves the lead at 11-10.

Dalhart scored four more straight points with Stady serving to take a 15-10 lead. The Rangerettes turned around and scored six of the next seven points to tie the score at 16-16, and added another six straight to take a 22-16 lead. The Rangerettes won that set 25-21, which tied the game at 2-2 and sent it to a deciding fifth set.

The Lady Wolves scored the first points of the fifth set, but Perryton then scored three straight before Dalhart came back to tie it at 3-3. The Rangerettes built up a small 7-4 lead and then Dalhart came back to tie the set at 7-7. The Lady Wolves scored two straight to take a 9-7 lead, and maintained a two or three point lead throughout the rest of the set. Dalhart won the fifth set 15-12, and won the game 3-2.

The win gave new head coach Nicole Guidry a win in her first game as head coach. Baca led the Lady Wolves with 18 kills during the game, and Gracie Schniederjan added eight kills. Elli-Kate Bezner had 28 assists, and Jenna Pedraza added 14 assists. The freshmen team won their game 2-0 against Perryton. Perryton won the JV game 2-1.

The varsity team is currently playing in a tournament in Shallowater, which will continue Friday August 12 and Saturday August 13. The JV team is playing in a tournament in Dimmitt Friday August 12 and Saturday August 13, while the freshmen team is playing in a tournament in Dumas.

The Dalhart Golden Wolves practice on Tuesday, August 9

Scrimmage photos cutline: The Dalhart Golden Wolves practice on Tuesday, August 9. The Wolves will compete in their first scrimmage of the season at Abernathy tonight.