The Lady Buckaroo volleyball team kicked-off their season Friday and Saturday with a series of scrimmages.

On Friday, the Lady Buckaroos traveled to Graham to take on the Lady Blues.

The varsity team competed in three 30 minute sessions which gave head coach Jeana Yarbrough a chance to mix things up with three different rotations.
“I like all three rotations that we had against Graham,” said coach Yarbrough. “It is just going to be finding the best mix and what is going to work out to get us to score the most points. There is not really a bad one, but I am going to start trying to figure out which one is the one that is going to work best for us.”

The Lady Bucks had a strong performance from the team offensively.
Cayli Yarbrough (left) and Maci Patterson attempt to block an incoming spike attempt by an Albany player during Saturday s scrimmage held at the BISD
Cayli Yarbrough (left) and Maci Patterson attempt to block an incoming spike attempt by an Albany player during Saturday s scrimmage held at the BISD Athletic and Fine Arts Facility. (Rob Durham)

Carri Yarbrough led the team in kills with 18, while Cayli Yarbrough had seven kills and Kaitlyn Ellis had three kills. Courtney Spoon, Shelby Lipps, Emma Davis and Maci Patterson each had three kills and Madison Hatchett had two kills. Cayli Yarbrough led the team in service aces with five, while Davis and Lipps each had four.

Saturday, the Lady Bucks scrimmaged Albany and Munday.

“We really played well against both Albany and Munday,” said coach Yarbrough. “We would go stretches where we got out of our rhythm a little bit and gave up three or four points, but for the most part we took care of business against both of those teams.

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“Again, I was trying a couple different looks to see where we are at and what is going to work for the team,” said coach Yarbrough.

Madi King recorded 15 digs, while Cayli Yarbrough had five digs and Katie Russell had four digs

The Lady Bucks had success serving the ball as well with Morgan Thompson leading the team with seven aces. Carri Yarbrough had four aces and Kenzie Donaldson had one ace.

With the season still young, the room for improvement for the Lady Bucks will be ‘free-ball passing.'

“Our free-ball passing has to come around and get to where we can get it to the target and speed up our offense,” said coach Yarbrough. “Right now, the setter is having to come too far off the net. Other than that, I was very impressed with our scrimmages.”

The Lady Bucks will compete in the Bev Ball Classic Friday, Aug. 15 and Saturday, Aug. 16, in Abilene.

The team will play in the Black Division with Abilene High, Temple, Graham and Sterling City.
The Lady Bucks will play at noon Friday, against Sterling City, at Abilene High School, 2 p.m. vs. Temple, 5 p.m. vs. Graham and at 6 p.m. vs. Abilene High.

Bracket play will be held at Abilene High School and at Abilene Cooper High School.