The Sheridan High School volleyball team was not quite good enough Saturday, losing to Laramie in three close sets 27-25, 25-19, 27-25.
“I thought we actually played really well,” Sheridan head coach Maureen McEwen said. “We wanted to win, but at the same time, I’m not going to be upset.”
The match was close throughout. The first set went back and forth, with Laramie taking control 19-15 thanks to its front line and quality setting. The Lady Broncs rallied to even it at 23 and again at 25, but the Lady Plainsmen finished off the set with two consecutive kills.
The second set started out the same way, with Sheridan going ahead 8-7 early. But Laramie went on a 13-5 run from that point on, taking a commanding 21-12 lead. Laramie’s defense at the net was stellar during the run, and the Lady Broncs did not help themselves, committing 12 hitting errors in the set. Still, Sheridan again came back to make it 24-19 but ultimately fell short.
Before the third set, McEwen gathered the team and told them to keep fighting.
“I wanted to make sure that our mentality is settled, that we were poised” she said about the huddle. “We’re down by two games. We have to make sure that we still have that chemistry and energy and support for everybody, and my seniors did a really good job of bringing that out of the rest of the team.”
However, it looked like the Lady Plainsmen were going to run away with the match at the beginning of the third set, jumping to a quick 6-1 lead.
But Sheridan gained its poise and answered with six consecutive points.
Laramie took back control and led 11-9, but the Lady Broncs then put together their best stretch of the afternoon to take a 23-18 lead and force a Laramie timeout.
The Lady Plainsmen came out of that timeout with a vengeance and scored six points in a row. Sheridan came back yet again to tie it at 25, but Laramie had a little too much for the Lady Broncs.
Despite the loss, McEwen complimented her team’s serving and setting.
“We passed really well,” she said. “I had my back girls step up a lot, and then my front girls, we were getting some really good touches on the block and getting some sweet kills.”
Laramie is a quality team — a third-place finisher at last year’s state tournament — but McEwen was confident in her team’s chances down the line.
“I think we pushed well, and we’ll get them next time,” she said.
Sheridan’s next game is Friday at Cheyenne Central.