Volleyball anticipation

Emmett’s Cora Young anticipates receiving a high pass from a teammate to fashion a return against Ridgevue in a three-set sweep last week. Huskie libero Tessa Farnsworth watches for possible set-up of a Warhawk return.

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Emmett High volleyball coach Brittany Gamble was “stoked for this season”, three weeks ago. After a couple of full matches her enthusiasm has not ebbed.

“The girls are playing so well together,” Gamble said. “We are still young and learning but the chemistry they have with each other is remarkable right now. No matter what the stats say, its their chemistry and excitement to play together that is showing through right now.”

The stats aren’t bad either.

The Huskies are officially 2-0 on the season after three-set sweeps of Cole Valley Christian and Ridgevue last week before getting on a bus and heading off to eastern Idaho for a massive tournament over the weekend.

One of the impressive aspects of the Huskies play so far this season has been the ball movement — or the passing game if you will.

Communication and knowing where teammates are for a wide variety of setter options has been a key component in the early success according to Gamble.

The Huskies got their first taste of competition in a “jamboree” at Kuna where you only play single set matches. Emmett defeated Kuna and Bishop Kelly and lost a tough match to 5A power Skyview. Jamboree results do not count in a team’s season record.

For the record, however, the Huskies have yet to drop a set — though some have been very competitive.

Against Cole Valley, one of the top 2A teams in the State, found itself down 12-18 in the opening set before rallying back to win 25-22. The second and third sets Emmett grabbed early narrow leads and eased away for 25-21 and 25-19 decisions. The final set point coming on a service ace from Tessa Farnsworth.

Conference play opened on Thursday against Ridgevue and the Huskies kept rolling, and using the same pattern of getting stronger as the evening progressed.

The won the opening set against the Warhawks 25-20 and took the second 25-19. In the third set they but together a 10-1 run under the service rotation of Victoria Feasal to take a 10-2 lead. Ridgevue rallied to close the game to three at 18-15 but then the Huskies scored the next seven points with Graycee Wilkerson serving the final six points for the 25-15 decision.

Gamble was “feeling fantastic” about her team after the Ridgevue sweep and was excited, but also somewhat cautious of what is next on the schedule for her team.

“We will certainly be jumping into the fire this weekend,” Gamble said before departing Friday. “There will be like 35 teams there and it will be a very competitive field.”

The meaningful competition began early on Friday as the Huskies found conference power Middleton placed in their pod for the early pool play.

“It will be interesting to see Middleton in the pool play and then come home next week and see them again in a conference match,” Gamble said. “The five days will tell a lot about this team and what it is capable of accomplishing this year.”

Emmett will be at Middleton on Tuesday before hosting Columbia on Thursday.

Editor’s note: Due to an early Labor Day holiday publication deadline, results of Friday and Saturday competition were not available at press time this week. Check out messenger-index.com online to see results of weekend tournament play.

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