Oct 24, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe tournament, also featuring Shoshoni, starts Friday in Lander.
PAVILLION -- Co-captains Macayla Arrington and Tory Thoman have one last opportunity with the Wind River Cougars to make the Class 2-A state volleyball tournament before their careers are finished.
The postseason for the Cougars starts Friday afternoon in the double-elimination Class 2-A West regional tournament at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse in Lander.
Wind River is a No. 2 seed for the two-day tournament.
The top four teams from the regional tournament make the state tournament.
Arrington said the last time the Cougars made the state tournament was when she was in the eighth grade.
Arrington and Thoman are both seniors.
"I'm extremely focused to get the job done to make it to state," said Arrington on Wednesday afternoon during practice. "The last time I went to state tournament was to watch my sisters play. I have never made it to the state tournament. I would really like to make it this year."
Wind River faces Thermopolis at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the opening round of regionals.
"The biggest thing that we need to do is work together as a team," Arrington said. "We need to keep our communication clear. As long as we are working as one unit and having everybody function on the same page, we will be clear to go."
Wind River and Shoshoni tied for second in the Class 2-A Southwest conference.
The Cougars won the No. 2 seed after winning a coin flip. Wind River and Shoshoni were both 5-3 in league play.
The two Fremont County schools split with each other.
"We have been fortunate to have a really great season this year," Arrington said.
Arrington plays all the way around for the Cougars.
"I love volleyball very much," Arrington said. "Anytime that I get to step on the court with girls is a very fun time.
Thoman is the libero for the Cougars.
"The defense is always a really important part of volleyball," Thoman said. "Without a defense you can't have an offense. If you make good passes then you have good hits."
Thermopolis enters the regional field as the No. 3 seed from the Northwest conference.
"I'm pretty excited about our draw," Thoman said.
Wind River beat Thermopolis earlier in the season.
"Thermopolis always has a really good regionals and state tournament," Thoman said. "I'm pretty confident in our team."
Thermopolis ended the regular season at 4-4 in league play. Thermopolis was 12-15 on the season overall.
"Thermopolis has a couple of tall players," Thoman said. "They are a pretty fast team."
The winner of Wind River-Thermopolis plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the winner of Lovell-Big Piney in one of the semifinals.
"It's always important to get that first win at regionals," Thoman said.
Consolation matches are scheduled for Saturday morning.
The third-place match is planned for late afternoon.
Class 2-A volleyball standings with league mark listed first
Wright 8-0, 25-5
Big Horn 6-2, 19-9
Tongue River 3-5, 10-16
Sundance 3-5, 8-17
Moorcroft 0-8, 1-18
Southeast 6-2, 17-7
Burns 6-2, 15-7
Saratoga 4-4, 16-10
Pine Bluffs 2-6, 8-14
Lusk 2-6, 7-17
Lovell 8-0, 21-6
Greybull 5-3, 14-10
Thermopolis 4-4, 12-15
Rocky Mountain 3-5, 10-12
Riverside 0-8, 3-17
Kemmerer 8-0, 16-4
Wind River 5-3, 16-6
Shoshoni 5-3, 13-8
Big Piney 2-6, 7-10
Wyoming Indian 0-8, 5-19
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