Big Horn volleyball moves on to championship again

Big Horn volleyball moves on to championship again

SHERIDAN — The Big Horn Lady Rams volleyball team secured a spot in the 2A state championship Friday night, defeating Lovell in four games.

Coach Leigh McLaughlin said the girls got off to a rough start in the first set.

“We were down 8-0 right away,” she said Friday night. “So I called a time out and got their heads in the right place. We got refocused and started pushing from there.”

The Lady Rams ended up taking the first game 25-18, before falling in the second set 25-18.

“The second game we struggled,” McLaughlin said. “They have a really good middle hitter and we had a hard time digging and blocking her.”

But Big Horn came back with intensity the third game and used momentum to take that game 25-19 before sealing the championship seat with a 25-21 win in the fourth game.

“We really did it as a team,” McLaughlin said. “I am a true believer in total team volleyball and this team just decided that they weren’t going to lose.”

The Lady Rams will face Kemmerer at 4 p.m. Saturday in the state championship matchup.

Tongue River ends season against Wright

SHERIDAN — The Lady Eagles ended their season at the 2A state tournament Friday night against Wright.

The Lady Eagles lost in three sets, 25-15, 25-16, 25-21.

“You know we had a lot of good things happen but we couldn’t get that momentum and we couldn’t keep it going,” coach Michelle Nielsen said. “We got behind and had a hard time digging out of that hole.”

Tongue River’s volleyball team lost its first game of the tournament to Kemmerer Thursday, bumping the Lady Eagles to the consolation bracket in Friday’s matchup.
Wright will face Lovell Saturday morning.

Nielsen said she is proud of the way the girls improved throughout the season and worked as a team.

“This was a group of 12 girls that hadn’t really played together much,” Nielsen said. “But the growth within the team and the unity between them all was such a great thing to watch.

“We had a lot of girls who improved dramatically and a core group of six seniors who worked really hard to build that team unity.”

The Lady Eagles finished 12-18 on the year.

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