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Tiger spikers shake off early loss, qualify for state tourney

Oct 21, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Facing a must-win situation, Lander Valley High School came up with two wins to place third at the Class 3-A West regional volleyball tournament Saturday in Lyman.

With a trip to the state tournament on the line, the Tigers came from behind in a consolation match to extend their season in a 16-25, 9-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-13, victory over Cody.

"It's real exciting to qualify for state," LVHS coach Anndee Meyer said. "It's even more exciting that we beat Cody to get to state."

In the third-place match, the Tigers downed Lyman 25-23, 18-25, 27-25, 25-22 to complete the tournament at 2-1.

"After we beat Cody, I didn't think that we were going to get beat," Meyer said.

The only loss in the double-elimination tournament for the Tigers was a 25-12, 25-9, 21-25, 25-15 setback to Lyman on Thursday in the opening round of the tournament. The top four teams from regionals advance to the state tournament.

Star Valley beat Powell in the title match.

SVHS, Powell, LVHS and Lyman qualified for the state tournament.

"People say around the state that we are in the tough division," Meyer said.

The state tournament starts this Thursday at the Casper Events Center.

Meyer said she believes the Tigers play Torrington from the Class 3-A East conference in the opening round..

"I think that we grew a lot during the Cody game," Meyer said. "It transferred into the Lyman game, and I think that it will translate into state."

Douglas played Torrington for the Class 3-A East regional championship match for the top seed.

Rawlins and Newcastle played in the the third-place match.

"Douglas is going to be hard to beat at state," Meyer said. "I think that our side is tougher. I think that we did a pretty good job in getting third."

The state tournament bracket will be announced on Monday.

The state bracket is a double-elimination format. The semifinals will be played on Friday afternoon. The championship match is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

LVHS 3, Cody 2

"We started off the game really slow," Meyer said.

After the first two sets, the Tigers picked up their play.

"The girls just got after it," Meyer said.

Meyer said Shanda Post and Codi Swenson produced some key points for LVHS.

Post is one of the senior leaders.

"We kind of played to Cody's weaknesses," Meyer said. "Cody didn't expect us to come out like that. It was just a shock to them." In the fifth set, LVHS had the early lead, but Cody came back to tie at 13-13.

The Tigers won the last two points for victory and the trip to state.

"Cody has been tough all year," Meyer said. "It's going to be close like that when two teams are trying to make it to state."

Cody had beaten LVHS twice during the regular season.

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