SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School volleyball team gained a valuable lesson in its home opener a week and half ago against Natrona County. The Lady Broncs learned a thing or two about finishing, something they failed to do against the Fillies.
Sheridan had the opportunity to apply some of that fifth-set knowledge Saturday at home against Campbell County. The Lady Broncs rallied after dropping the first two sets to beat the Lady Camels 3-2, pushing their record to 1-2 in conference.
“Coming off Natrona, that fifth set, we really shut down,” Sheridan’s Madyson Godwin said. “We knew (Saturday) with that fifth set coming that we had keep our momentum going from the fourth set, and I think we carried it over really well.”
The Lady Broncs dropped the first two sets despite having a lead midway through both of them. Those first two set losses Saturday marked five straight set losses in a 24-hour span for Sheridan.
The Lady Broncs fell to Thunder Basin Friday night in three sets and never truly threatened the Lady Bolts. Sheridan’s ability to put that losing skid and disappointment to bed in the third set Saturday made head coach Eric Frey particularly proud.
“It’s tough when you lose in three straight, no matter the score,” Frey said. “You’re thinking, ‘Man, I’ve got nothing in the tank, and then to come back late that night and have to play the next morning and come back in five sets, that’s tough. Kudos to the kids.”
Sheridan fell in the opening set Saturday 25-19 and dropped the second hotly-contested set 27-25. The Lady Broncs came back to win the third and fourth sets 25-18 and 25-19, respectively, before entering a winner-take-all final set.
Frey and Godwin would ideally like to avoid fifth sets and put their opponents away sooner, but in some ways it’s only appropriate for the Lady Broncs to go the distance.
“It’s kind of the Sheridan thing to go five,” Godwin said. “Coming off those two first sets, we brought each other together and said, ‘If we are going to go out, we are going to go out big.’ We came off that bench, and we were ready to roll.”
The Lady Broncs finally pulled ahead after a back-and-forth affair for the 15-12 win.
The game against Campbell County wrapped up the first wave of conference play in the new quadrant format. Sheridan experienced a mix bag of results, spitting a pair of five-setters and falling straight sets to the Lady Bolts.
Frey hopes the come-from-behind victory Saturday catapults his team forward for the back half of their schedule.
“[Saturday] was a huge, huge win for us as far as our confidence is concerned,” Frey said. “We’ve been working really hard in practice, trying to execute, and the kids did a great job (Saturday).”
Sheridan heads to Cheyenne at the tail end of the week to battle Cheyenne Central and Cheyenne East.