Oct 26, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCASPER -- Wright stunned Shoshoni High School in the opening round of the Class 2-A state volleyball tournament Thursday at the Casper Events Center.
The Panthers sent Shoshonie into the consolation bracket after picking up a 28-30, 25-16 25-14, 25-13, victory in the first match of the double-elimination tournament.
Competing in Class 1-A, the Dubois Rams also lost their tournament opener.
SHS was a No. 1 seed for the tournament after winning the Class 2-A West regional tournament in Lander. Wright came into the tournament as the No. 4 seed.ĀThe Lady Wranglers had been the top-ranked team in 2-A for most of the season.
Shoshoni played Southeast Friday afternoon in a consolation match. The best SHS can now finish is third.
Lovell advanced to the semifinals with a surprising victory over Southeast. SHS beat Lovell to end the regular season and in the semifinals of the regional tournament at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse in Lander.
The championship match is Saturday afternoon.
Wright 3, SHS 1
The first set of the contest was the most competitive one of the four sets. Both squads came out firing bullets at each other. The Panthers were the younger team on the floor with only one senior on the roster. SHS has one of the most veteran teams in Class 2-A.
SHS and Wright were deadlocked at 28-28, but the Lady Wranglers scored the last two points to steal the victory.
In the second set, Wright was ahead 21-16 and finished the game on a 4-0 run to tie the match at 1-1.
Wright was in control in the third set at 8-2 and really had things going its way at 14-5. Wright built the lead to 20-10 at one point.
A Natalee Goff kill for SHS made the score 20-14, but Wright finished the set on a 5-0 run.
SHS played from behind in the fourth set from the opening point. Sarah Thompson, Goff and Kolbi Pickinpaugh were controlled by Wright's front row.
Wright was all over SHS at 15-8 and 21-12 to advance into the state semifinals.
Hulett 3, Dubois 1
Hulett and the Dubois Lady Rams didn't start the final match of the first day until 9 p.m., but the late start didn't bother Hulett.
The Lady Red Devils swept Dubois 25-16, 25-23, 25-22, for a spot in the semifinal. DHS played Burlington in one of the consolation matches.
Dubois seniors Katherine Finley and Rachelle Leseberg showed clearly in the first set that they were the top players on the floor for the Fremont County school. Finley plays both front row and back row for DHS. She is the top option for kills at the net.
The pair didn't get a lot of help from the rest of the DHS players, as Hulett ran away from the Rams.
In the second set, the opponents went back and forth all game long. Dubois was tied with Hulett at 16-16 and 20-20.
The Lady Red Devils had a slim 23-22 edge, but Leseberg slammed one down to tie at 23-23. Hulett scored the final two points of the set for the win.
Dubois played well in the third set, making the No. 1 seed from the Class 1-A East conference work for every point attempt. In the end, the Lady Red Devils had a more balanced attack and got the sweep.
Dubois coach Tina Baker is playing this year with three seniors, one junior, three sophomores and two freshmen.
Kristi Collaku is the third senior. Darienne Orad is the only junior. The sophomores are Kaitlin Hudson, Rowan Kelsey and Emily Smith.
The first-year players are Megan Yaracz and Stephanie Tea.
Dubois is the No. 4 seed from the 1-A West.
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