After a slow start, Buffalo’s volleyball team began to build some momentum two weeks ago. That momentum continued last week as the Lady Bison defeated Osage and Stockton.
It’s difficult to beat a good team three times in a row, and that was evidenced by the fact that second-seeded Strafford upset top-seeded Fair Grove in the finals of the Class 2, District 10 volleyball tournament Oct. 20 at Fair Grove.
After defeating Mountain Grove in the opening round of the Class 3, District 9 volleyball tournament Monday, Oct. 19, third-seeded Buffalo lost to second-seeded Rogersville the next night 15-25, 11-25. Rogersville went on to win district by defeating top-seeded Mt. Vernon in the finals.
Buffalo’s volleyball team defeated Bolivar at home Tuesday, Oct. 6, improving its record to 18-8-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play. The Lady Bison are third-seeded in the Class 3, District 9 tournament that starts Monday, Oct. 19 at Marshfield.
Fair Grove’s volleyball team started the season with a victory over Clever, then split four games in the Branson Tournament against some much larger schools.
The Skyline volleyball team bested Lincoln in two sets Aug. 27 during the Lady Tigers’ first home game of the season. The girls won their first set 25-9 and their second 25-11.
Two years ago Skyline’s volleyball team won only one game, but then Maci Johnson came along. The former Maci Wood, a Skyline alumnus and volleyball star, led the Lady Tigers to a 12-14-2 record in her first year as head coach.
Buffalo’s volleyball team has won 80 percent of its games the past three seasons, not counting a few scattered ties, with three straight 20-plus-win seasons. The Lady Bison were 27-8, 29-4 and last year 23-8.
Tonya Peck is in her 15th year as head coach of the Fair Grove volleyball team, and during that time the Lady Eagles have never had a losing season. Peck’s overall record at Fair Grove is 354-98-31.
The Buffalo Lady Bison volleyball team will begin their mandatory preseason practices Monday, Aug. 3. Practices will be from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Aug. 3-8. Times will change for the following week.
Skyline junior setter Matty Jo Potter was selected second team All-Conference in the Mid-Lakes Conference, and teammate Lauren Wouters, a sophomore outside hitter, was named honorable mention.