SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School volleyball team has stayed busy during the early stages of the 2018 season. The Lady Broncs have played in multiple large invitationals comprised of teams from other states and various Wyoming classes.
Sheridan finally comes home Friday for a match against Natrona County at 6 p.m. And while the gym inside Sheridan High School certainly isn’t new, it has the look of a new venue to the Lady Broncs, which adds a level of excitement to the home opener.
“It’s not a new gym, but we have some new LED lighting and the kids are extremely excited,” Sheridan head coach Eric Frey said.
Frey hopes the new lighting illuminates a growing and improving volleyball program. Frey, who is in his first year with the Lady Broncs, is beginning to see some of the things he is implementing in practice and games start to grab hold, while the mentality he wants his team to embody has started to blossom, as well.
“I think, individually, for them being themselves first and then being that team player or playing that role that they have on the court, that I think is coming to fruition,” Frey said. “I think things are coming together for themselves, and they see that unfolding at times which is great.”
Sheridan’s nonconference slate of games has featured best-of-three-set games. Friday’s match against the Fillies will feature the normal five-set format, which adds another element to the Lady Broncs’ preparation.
“I think longevity wise, about planning things and how we execute offense, can be a big factor,” Frey said. “… It makes it harder and grueling. Volleyball is kind of an anaerobic deal where you have to be in it for the long haul if you have to go five and battle it out. Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that. But if it does, it definitely changes tactics for things.”
Sheridan is fresh off a tournament in Gillette where it had plenty of positive takeaways mixed in with some eye-opening experiences.
The Lady Broncs defeated a team like Cheyenne East but also fell to 2A and 3A teams such as Wright and Douglas, respectively.
With the new quadrant system in place, the match against Natrona, unlike in years past, stands as a conference one, which brings added pressure and importance.
“There’s definitely some nerves and butterflies in our stomachs,” Madyson Godwin said. “But we are excited. We want to make a statement. It’s our first home game. It’s against the newest team to the conference, so we are ready to show Sheridan what we are all about.”
The Lady Broncs and Fillies have already met this season as the squads played against one another in the second match of the Cheyenne Invitational a couple weekends ago.
Sheridan edged the Fillies in three sets (25-22, 15-25, 27-25), and will look for a similar result come Friday.