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Lady Ram volleyball 2A runner-up for second-straight year

SHERIDAN — The Big Horn High School volleyball team fell short of a state championship Saturday, losing to Kemmerer High School in the full five sets.

After winning the opening set 18-25 the Lady Rams lost the second 25-20.

“They came back in the second game and started pounding the ball at us,” coach Leigh McLaughlin said. “They are a strong team and they played hard and stole the momentum from us.”

The third set went to the Kemmerer Rangers as well, 25-22 before Big Horn came back to take the fourth 20-25.

“We weren’t playing our best game but we started getting more consistent,” McLaughlin said. “Game five, we started really strong and then made a couple critical errors and Kemmerer jumped on that momentum and took off.”

In the end the Rams lost the fifth 15-10.

“That’s the way a championship match should be played, two teams going at it,” McLaughlin said.

Big Horn reeled off another late season run, much like in 2012, and beat Wind River and Lovell to reach the state title game over the weekend.

While it was the second year in a row the Lady Rams finish as 2A runner-up, they reign as 2A East regional champions for the second year running, and McLaughlin — in just her second year as head coach — could not have been more proud of her squad.

“There was not one player that essentially carried us or hurt us,” she said. “This was a total team effort.

“We rise and fall as a team.”

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