Aug 26, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorLander Valley High School went 1-1 in the single-elimination bracket play Saturday at the McDonald's Invitational volleyball tournament in Riverton.
The Tigers beat Thermopolis in the opening round of the tournament before Rock Springs outlasted the Tigers (25-20, 25-20).
"I thought that we played really well in bracket play," LVHS coach Andee Meyer said. "I thought that we were a little slow with Thermopolis. They were a little slower team."
Rock Springs plays in the Class 4-A division this year. LVHS is in the Class 3-A West conference.
"It was a pretty intense game against Rock Springs," Meyer said. "The girls made some mistakes. They made some runs on us. It was just hard for us to come back."
The tournament was a 14-team invitational to start the season for the volleyball teams in the state.
"Rock Springs is a real good team," Meyer said.
Rock Springs also beat the Tigers in the first match of pool play Friday morning.
"I think that Rock Springs will be real competitive in Class 4-A," Meyer said. "They are a smaller team, but they jump up and hit the ball."
The Tigers enter the season with several new players on the varsity roster from last year.
"We have a bunch of new leaders," Meyer said. "We are getting them into those roles so they are comfortable and confident."
The first day was for pool play. The matches Friday won't count toward Lander's regular season record.
"We worked things out in our offense, and we just started to play as a team," Meyer said. "We saw other opponents that we weren't used to playing. That is huge."
Meyer said all the players on the floor will need to be leaders for the Tigers. The LVHS coach said Codi Swenson has stepped into a new role as the setter.
"Last year, Codi kind of split time with Keesha Rowan," Meyer said. "Now, she is kind of one of the main people."
Meyer was a little surprised with the way Lyman performed in the tournament. The Eagles are also in the Class 3-A West conference.
"Lyman has a new coach," Meyer said. "They do some of the things that we do. They are hitting the ball really tough."
The Tigers played Cody in the pool play match before the single-elimination tournament started. Cody and the Tigers were two of the top teams in the conference last year.
"Cody is a team that is quicker pace," Meyer said. "We played really well against Cody."
LVHS will head to Billings, Mont., on Friday and Saturday for the Border War. The tournament puts Wyoming and Montana teams against each other. The Tigers won the tournament in 2011.
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