• Breckenridge senior middle blocker Makenna Moser pulls back to spike the ball during a game against Comanche.

Lady Bucks face Dublin under Friday night lights

COMANCHE— The Breckenridge High School volleyball team will look to quickly shake off a three-set loss to district rival Comanche as it will play under the Friday night lights for the first time this season as part of a special Region 1 District 6 four-team double header Friday night.

The Lady Buckaroos come into Friday’s game 2-1 in district play following Saturday’s three-set loss (25-16, 25-18 and 25-22) and Tuesday’s victory over Bangs. 

Coach Jeane Yarbrough believes her team could have been undefeated coming into Friday had it not been for a slow start.

“We did not really get in a rhythm,” Yarbrough said. “If we would have started the way we played in set three in set one, then it would have been a different ballgame. We were a bit off in hitting our spots. We lost momentum from time to time when we had done something good to win the momentum. I thought we were dead-legged in the first set for sure.”

After going down two sets and facing a three-set sweep, the Lady Buckaroos settled in and built an 11-7 lead on kills by sophomore outside hitter Madison Stanley and aces by senior middle blocker Makenna Moser and senior outside hitter Kelli Willcox, forcing a Comanche timeout. Comanche rallied on a 9-5 run, taking the lead after breaking a 19-19 tie and eventually the set and match. The Lady Buckaroos will face Comanche a second time Oct. 17 and Yarbrough believes they have plenty to work on in order to reach a better outcome.

“We’re going to go back to work on setting our block a little better and a little stronger and setting our defense behind the block,” Yarbrough said. “From time to time, our block was out of position ... We’ll be working on our block and getting low and covering. [Comanche] has a good block. They killed us with their back-row attack.”

With the loss, the Lady Buckaroos fall to 2-1 in district play and 5-20 overall. A win Friday would give the Lady Bucks a bit of distance in the district standings.

“It hasn’t happened in several years, we used to play a lot of Friday nights,” Yarbrough said. “We’re excited about that and I think you’re going to see a different team. Dublin and Breckenridge have had a volleyball rivalry over the past years so it’s going to be pretty good ... Comanche is going to play Friday night as well. It’s going to be a big volleyball night”

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