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Good showing for Lander Valley volleyball in Montana

Sep 2, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Tigers took third place in the annual Border War tournament.

A trip to Billings, Mont., Friday and Saturday led to a third-place finish for Lander Valley High School in the annual Border War volleyball tournament.

The Tigers went 3-1 on the volleyball court.

The tournament featured Wyoming and Montana teams.

The Tigers beat Laurel, Mont., and Glendive, Mont. on the first day. Powell downed LVHS to send the Tigers into the third-place match. LVHS defeated Thermopolis in the final match of the tournament.

The Tigers took home the 2011 title at the Border War.

Game stats were not available.

"I think that we progressed a lot through the tournament," LVHS coach Andee Meyer said. "We were passing kind of poorly the first day. We started to pass really well today. Our serve receive percentage went up. We were also swinging and hitting the ball."

The Tigers play Buffalo in Rawlins on Thursday night. Buffalo plays in the Class 3-A East conference. LVHS is in the Class 3-A West league.

"Any type of practice that we are getting is great," Meyer said.

LVHS will compete in the Rawlins Invitational Friday and Saturday. The Tigers won the tournament in 2011.

The Rawlins bracket will be a state 3-A preview with most of the teams in Lander's division at the tournament.

"We will be seeing a lot of the teams in Rawlins that are in our conference," Meyer said. "It should be a fun one."

The first home match for the Tigers is Thursday, Sept. 13, vs. Mountain View.

LVHS will host the Powell Panthers on Saturday, Sept. 15, to complete the homestand.

Keesha Rowan and Shanda Post were the most dangerous hitters in the tournament for LVHS.

"We passed really well against the Montana teams," Meyer said. "Keesha and Shanda are both hitting great."

Meyer was not disappointed with how the Tigers played in the semifinal match vs. the Panthers.

"Powell didn't beat us, we just had some errors, " Meyer said. "They got some runs. We are looking forward to playing them again."

We will be working on some little things to eliminate the errors."

Meyer said having four matches in two days was a difficult thing for LVHS.

"We were really tired against Thermopolis, but we just toughed it out," Meyer said. "We had some great plays at the end. We just got the job done."

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