The Thunder Basin High School volleyball team earned a statement win over crosstown Campbell County on Thursday, sweeping the Camels in three sets 25-14, 25-17 and 25-21.
The atmosphere was electric inside the TBHS gymnasium as the two Gillette schools met for the first conference match of the season. But Thunder Basin used its home-court advantage to take an early lead on the Camels before pulling away with the sweep.
In the first set, the two teams battled back and forth to a to a 12-9 score in Thunder Basin's favor before the Bolts took control. Thunder Basin went on a seven-point run before closing out the first set 25-14.
In the second set, the Bolts took a 10-point lead at 20-10 but Campbell County was able to get back within reach at 21-16 before Thunder Basin closed out the set 25-17.
Like the first two sets, the third set was a back and forth battle but Thunder Basin went on another six-point run to take a commanding 18-10 lead. The Camels made a late push with a six-point run of their own to make it 24-21 but the Bolts scored the final point to complete the sweep with a 25-21 win in the third set.
Thunder Basin improved to 8-5 on the season and 1-0 in conference play with the win while Campbell County fell to 5-7 and 0-1.
Both teams will travel to the Star Valley Invitational in Afton this weekend. The Camels will continue conference play with a road matchup with Kelly Walsh at 6 p.m. Thursday while the Bolts will travel to play Sheridan at 5 p.m. Sept. 17 in Sheridan.
For more on the first crosstown volleyball match, check Saturday's print edition or visit gillettenewsrecord.com.