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Monday, March 19, 2018

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DCHS volleyball coach teaching discipline, structure

By Anthony Varriano

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

In her first year taking over as Dawson County High School head volleyball coach, Tiffaney Egan said she would teach the team to be “disciplined and structured.” That tutelage showed true in a tough practice during which assistant Shiloh Wynne challenged and conditioned the players.

“I love Shiloh. I’ve got great help,” Egan said as her players completed the first of their monthly community projects cleaning at the Dawson Community College dormitories, Saturday. The Lady Devils then held a practice at DCC and went on a retreat in Makoshika State Park.

The team’s theme is W.I.N. — What’s Important Now. 

“We’re going to instill how to compete properly, discipline, structure, and we’re teaching that every single time we leave a game we evaluate. If there’s nothing better we can do to improve our situation, that’s a win, regardless of the outcome of the game,” Egan explained.

Egan said the freshmen team she coached last year would sometimes “predetermine the outcome of a game” before even arriving and taking the court. The varsity squad also had its share of mental lapses last season, dropping a devastating home match against Glasgow that saw them drop a two-set lead. Much of that team is gone, with digs and kills leader Marenah Crockett and assists leader Samantha Egan graduating.

Egan seems to have pieces to replace Crockett and Egan. She called her new setter, Jaley Wyse, a “phenomenal athlete,” and said senior Ceeara Staiger has shown the ability to carry the team offensively at times, and emotionally at all times. The real problem has been filling the shoes of 2016 graduate and libero Samantha Hubbard, which in turn, affects the team’s defensive ability.

“We’re strong offensively. We are weaker defensively,” Egan said.

The varsity squad consists of of seniors Staiger, Taya Torres, Abby Hill, Hannah Bogar, Miriam Mix; juniors Wyse, Adalie Reinhart, Skylar Scarpholt, Kayla Kelly; and sophomore Thea Robson. 

The JV team is Tanille Lovato, Shelby Wetz, Amber Sickler, Chloe Mires, Kayla Brown, Ashley Clapp, Bailey Berreth, Bailey Pearcy and Alexis Moos. 

The freshmen team consists of Ariana Mitchell, Karsen Murphy, Ashley Reynolds, Alyssa Chaska, Tori Fornall, Tavri Ward, Alicia Erhart, Tylee Dey, Madelyn Carroll, Mishal Lucido and Meadow Torres. 

The volleyball team opens the season at the Eastern/Central A Tip-off Tournament in Lewistown Friday and Saturday. They host Miles City and Sidney Tuesday at 4 p.m. 

Reach Anthony Varriano at rrsports@rangerreview.com.

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