Stanley County drops pair

FORT PIERRE - The Stanley County Lady Buffs are still searching for their first win of the season after Thursday's triangular in Philip, despite their strong play as of late.

The Lady Buffs fell to Lyman in straight sets 29-27, 25-20 and 25-20. After losing to Lyman, the Lady Buffs also lost to Philip in four sets 22-25, 28-26, 25-14 and 25-15.

The Lady Buffs played with Lyman the whole match, but could not close out the close sets they needed. Despite falling in straight sets, the Lady Buffs lost by no more than five in each of the three sets.

"Our problems with closing out the close sets have to do with confidence and experience I think," Stanley County coach Kylie Mundt said. "They are showing potential and are proving that they are going to compete against good teams."

In the losing effort to Philip, Hailey Norman led the way with five kills and four aces. Nicole Smith added four kills for the Lady Buffs.

Stanley County quickly bounced back and proved it could win those close sets in its second game against Philip by taking the first set of the match by a 25-22 count.

The Lady Buffs quickly lost their momentum as Lyman would win the next two sets to take the match up and hand the Lady Buffs another loss. Although the Lady Buffs have yet to win a match in their seven games, Mundt believes the team just needs to get that first win to begin winning multiple games.

"Winning hasn't always been on our side, so I think once we get that win the confidence will set. Once we get over that hump, we will continue to gain that confidence," Mundt said.

Kelly Sweetman led the Lady Buffs with five aces and six kills against Lyman.

The Lady Buffs' next chance to get over that hump will come Thursday against Jones County. The matchup with Jones County will take place in Fort Pierre at 6:30 p.m.

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