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SHS girls claim title at Thermopolis VB invitational
Shayde LeClair helped the Shoshoni Wranglers win the Thermopolis Invitational last weekend on the volleyball court. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

SHS girls claim title at Thermopolis VB invitational

Sep 25, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Shoshoni Wranglers picked up five consecutive victories on the volleyball court Saturday to claim the Thermopolis Invitational title.

Shoshoni capped off the day with a 22-25, 25-13, 17-15, win over Tongue River for the championship.

The Wranglers advanced to the title showdown after a 21-25, 25-15, 15-9, semifinal victory vs. Rocky Mountain.

Tongue River swept Wind River 25-16, 25-22 in the semifinals of the gold bracket.

The tournament had gold, silver and bronze brackets.

The best teams from pool play advanced to the gold bracket.

"We played really well defensively," SHS coach Christina Mills said. "The girls did an outstanding job of placing the ball offensively for scoring opportunities."

SHS swept Farson-Eden 21-19, 21-8. The Wranglers also swept Riverside 21-9, 21-9, and Wyoming Indian 21-7, 21-12.

"There were some great teams in the tournament," Mills said. "I never take anything way from the competition."

Title match

The Wranglers put together a balanced attack in the win vs. Tongue River.

Shoshoni's Raine Pingetzer had 12 kills. Erika Eckley and Shayde LeClair knocked down 11 kills apiece.

"Tongue River is a quality team and definitely have height on their side," Mills said. "It was a tremendous match that could have easily gone either way. We had some great digs and hits towards the end that enabled us to come out with the win."

SHS served seven aces in the championship match. Eckley registered four aces. LeClair and Zareesha Mills had two aces apiece.

Tasha Maddock put in 15 digs and Annika Dechert 14.

"I cannot say enough about the ability of my players and their willingness to do what is best for the team," Mills said. "I changed defenses and asked them to hit and tip in certain places. They never question a game plan. They just play smart and work well together on the court."

Conference play

SHS starts conference play Friday evening by hosting Kemmerer.

Kemmerer is 2-0 in the Class 2-A Northwest conference after beating Wind River and Wyoming Indian.

"Kemmerer is going to be a tough match," Mills said. "They have some great hitters and have nearly all seniors. We are going to have to play our game and keep the ball in play as much as possible."

SHS hosts Big Piney on Saturday afternoon.

Thermopolis Invitational scores from bracket play

Gold bracket

Shoshoni 2, Rocky Mountain 1 (21-25, 25-15, 15-9)

Tongue River 2, Wind River 0 (25-16, 25-22)

Shoshoni 2, Tongue River 1 (22-25, 25-13, 17-15)

Silver bracket

Little Snake River 2, Thermopolis 1 (25-220, 22-25, 15-7)

Greybull 2, Farson-Eden 0 (25-16, 25-19)

Little Snake River 2, Greybull 1 (25-20, 22-25, 15-13)

Bronze bracket

Wyoming Indian 2, Moorcroft 0 (25-22, 25-12)

Meeteetse 2, Riverside 0 (25-21, 25-14)

Wyoming Indian 2, Meeteetse 0 (25-21, 25-23)

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