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Cougars reach gold bracket

Sep 26, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Wind River Cougars breezed into the gold bracket before being eliminated by Tongue River on Saturday at the Thermopolis Invitational volleyball tournament.

After going undefeated in pool play, Tongue River sent WRHS home from the tournament, beating the Cougars 25-16 and 25-22.

"I would have liked to see them win the tournament, but there were too many errors that were on our side of the net that resulted in our loss to Tongue River," Wind River coach Kristan Trujillo said. "We know we need to be mentally stronger as a team, and we are working on that."

Good start

The Thermopolis tournament bracket featured Class 1-A and 2-A teams.

"The competition was good," Trujillo said.

Before losing to Tongue River, the Cougars swept Meeteetse (21-13, 21-14), Thermopolis (21-12, 21-14) and Little Snake River (21-14, 21-14) in pool play matches. The 3-0 start put Wind River into the gold bracket, which is made up of the top teams from pool play matches.

Trujillo was happy to see the Wind River players making progress up front during pool play.

"Our blocking is slowly getting better game by game," Trujillo said.

"We still work every day on blocking, as it helps with our defense."

She thought the best victory during the tournament was over Thermopolis.

"The girls played very well against Thermopolis," Trujillo said.

"We shut them down early. I was very happy with such a great win against them."

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