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Douglas powerful in volleyball win over Tigers
Annika Dechert of Shoshoni lunged for the ball Thursday in the top-seeded Wranglers' opening-round game at the Class 2-A state volleyball tournament in Casper. Shoshoni fell to fourth-seeded Wright from the East 3-A.

Douglas powerful in first-round volleyball win over Lander Tigers at 3-A tournament

Oct 26, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Lander played later Friday against Newcastle in the consolation bracket.

CASPER -- Douglas had too many weapons for Lander Valley High School to keep in check Thursday in the opening round of the state tournament at the Casper Events Center.

The Lady Bearcats swept the Tigers 25-15, 26-24, 25-10 to remain alive for an opportunity to play in the state championship match.

LVHS played Newcastle Friday afternoon in a consolation match. The powerful Star Valley Braves¬ made quick work of Newcastle 25-5, 25-22, 25-12 in the first-round.

On the other side of the bracket, Powell outlasted Rawlins 24-26, 25-15, 25-21, 33-31 for a spot in a semifinals. Torrington joined Rawlins after a 25-14, 25-21, 25-12 victory over the Lyman Eagles.

During the regular season, Star Valley and Douglas were two of the better teams in the state. Torrington upset the Lady Bearcats in the Class 3-A East regional championship match.

Lander was the No. 3 seed from the Class 3-A West conference.

Douglas 3, LVHS 0

Douglas senior outside hitter Kassidy Scott is in the running for top player in the 3-A division, and the 5-foot-10 outside hitter was on her game from the start vs. the Tigers. Scott was a force at the net and also did damage from the back row with her jumping ability.

Scott came out swinging to quickly build a 16-6 lead over LVHS. The Lady Bearcats also took advantage of their height size over the smaller Tigers. Douglas went on for a 10-point victory in the first set.

The Tigers fell behind early in the second set at 6-1. Behind the strong serving of Kaylynn Cox-Mantlo, Lander tied the score at 7-7 on a 6-0 run.

LVHS pulled ahead for the first time of the match on a Shanda Post kill. The Lady Bearcats countered well and built some breathing room at 20-15.

The Tigers climbed back into the game at 20-18 to force Douglas to call a timeout by coach Angela Rhoades. Codi Swenson, Keesha Rowan and Drew DeKing had key points for LVHS in the best stretch of the match.

Post pulled LVHS to within 21-19 on another kill and served an ace to slice the advantage to 22-21. The two opponents were deadlocked at 23-23 and 24-24.

LVHS couldn't put down a kill in the final stages of the set, and Douglas had the victory.

In the third set, Scott started to receive help from her other Douglas teammates. LVHS coach Anndee Meyer couldn't figure out a plan to slow down the Bearcats as they shattered any hopes of a comeback from the Tigers. ¬

Douglas was up early in the third set and pounded the Tigers for a 15 point win to send LVHS into the consolation bracket.

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