SHERIDAN — Entering Cheyenne as a No. 6 seed, the Lady Broncs needed two wins to qualify for the state tournament.
But they lost twice, and missed the state event for the second straight year after winning it all in 2011.
Head coach Wendi Ruby: “The season did not end like we wanted, but I am proud of the way the girls all came together in the last week. I feel like if we would have had another week of practice and games, we would have finished on a different note. The team was really starting to come together and gel, I was seeing unselfish play, and true teamwork coming through. Even though we didn’t end like we had planned, I am proud of this team, and their accomplishments.
“It doesn’t look like we were that successful on paper, but the success came this year from truly understanding what a team means, and how to play together, and how to care for one another and bring each other up in times of doubt,” she added.“It is always nice to have lots of wins versus losses, but that is not what is always about. In the long run, I think these girls grew not only as volleyball players, but as individuals and a team.”
The Lady Broncs graduate just three seniors: Madison Farr, Morgan Jacobs and Alison Geary.
Against Cheyenne East: Megan Myers 2 aces Robbi Ryan 8 kills; Jennae Fieldgrove 5 kills Jennae Fieldgrove 3 blocks; Dylan Wright 1 block Robbi Ryan 5 digs; Megan Myers 4 aces Against Laramie: Robbi Ryan 6 kills; Jennae Fieldgrove 5 kills, Megan Myers 3 kills, Dylan Wright & Alison Geary 2 kills; Alison Geary 2 blocks, Madison Farr & Dylan Wright 1 block; Morgan Jacobs & Megan Myers 6 digs, Robbi Ryan 7 digs, Anya Fritz 4 digs
Lady Generals split weekend games
SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College volleyball team lost to Laramie County Community College in four sets Friday night on the road. They went on to defeat Eastern Wyoming College Saturday in four sets (29-27, 25-27, 25-18, 25-14). They’re now 5-3 in Region IX and 19-13 overall.
Leaders against EWC: Carley Gerving 21 kills, 4 assisted blocks Jill Espeland 28 digs Tyler Chrisman 9 kills, 14 digs, 5 assisted blocks
Leaders against LCCC: Hannah Jernigan 18 kills, 2 solo blocks, 3 assisted blocks
Jill Espeland 31 digs
Lady Rams repeat as 2A East champs; TR headed to state
SHERIDAN — The Big Horn High School volleyball team won their second straight 2A East Regional volleyball championship on Saturday afternoon.
They beat Wright in five sets (20-25, 11-25, 25-19, 25-23 and 15-11).
“I am really proud of the girls and how well they played this weekend,” coach Leigh McLaughlin said of the Lady Rams performance. “They left it all on the floor, and that is all that any coach could ask for.”
Big Horn will face Wind River at 2 p.m. on Thursday in the first round of the state tournament in Casper. They reached the state title game last year, finishing runner-up to Lovell. Just two seniors graduated from that team.
The Tongue River Lady Eagles also qualified for the state tournament Saturday. They fell to Southeast Saturday morning in the third-place game of the regional tournament (22-25, 25-16, 25-21 and 25-23).
Tongue River goes on to play West No. 1 seed Kemmerer Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
“I believe that the match against Kemmerer will be a difficult one,” Lady Eagles coach Michelle Nielsen said,“but if we play at the same level we did this last weekend we have a great opportunity to upset the number one team from the West.”
Stats: Tara Stimpson had 14 kills, 6 stuff blocks and served 33 for 36, Kailey Smoot had 14 kills, Allison Reed had 34 assists and served 26 for 26 and Cheyloh Bluemel served 30 for 30 and had 9 digs.