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Tiger spikers drop two straight at state tourney
Keesha Rowan started the offense for Lander Valley High School vs. Newcastle at the Casper Events Center. Photo by Bruce Tippets

Tiger spikers drop two straight at state tourney

Oct 28, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

CASPER -- Newcastle eliminated Lander Valley High School from the Class 3-A state volleyball tournament Friday afternoon in a marathon match at the Casper Events Center.

Newcastle pulled out a 24-26, 28-26, 25-20, 23-25, 15-12, victory over the Tigers in a consolation contest.

Douglas swept the Tigers 25-15, 26-24, 25-10 in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament Thursday afternoon.

The Tigers entered the state tournament as the No. 3 seed from the West conference. LVHS coach Anndee Meyer will graduate seniors Shanda Post, Kaylynn Cox-Mantlo and Jen Juva. The trio helped the Tigers qualify for the state tournament two straight years under Meyer.

Newcastle 3, LVHS 2

(Friday afternoon)

The opening set was the tone setter for the two squads in the consolation battle. Newcastle was up 23-22 before the Tigers came back to tie at 24-24. LVHS scored the final two points on a pair of Newcastle hitting mistakes for the victory .

The second set went extra time, and this time Newcastle found a way to win The two opponents were deadlocked at 24-24, 26-26 before Newcastle won the last two points of the set . Newcastle was in control of the third set at the end for the five-point victory.

In the fourth set, Codi Swenson added a kill for a 20-19 lead. Cox-Mantlo added two points on kills for a 23-22 advantage. LVHS recorded the final two point for the two-point victory to send the match into the fifth set.

The start was good for the Tigers in the final set, as LVHS was tied at 7-7, 8-8 and 10-10. Newcastle went up for good at 13-11 to sneak out the win.

Douglas 3, LVHS 0

(Thursday afternoon)

Douglas senior outside hitter Kassidy Scott is in the running as the 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 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. The other two 5-10 players on the court were Carlie Cecile-Edelman. 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 Cox-Mantlo, the Tigers tied the score at 7-7 on a 6-0 run.

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

The Tigers climbed back into the game at 20-18 to force Douglas to call a timeout from coach Angela Rhoades. 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. Post has been the leader this year for the Tigers on the volleyball court.

LVHS couldn't put down a kill in the final stages of the set to give Douglas the victory.

In the third set, Scott started to receive help from her other Douglas teammates. The Tigers 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 side of the bracket.

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