Nov 4, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorIt took a consolation semifinal victory Saturday over county rival Wind River to get SHS to the third-place match.
The Shoshoni Wranglers eliminated arch rival Wind River on Saturday morning in a Class 2-A consolation match at the state volleyball tournament in Casper.
Wright beat the Wranglers 25-16, 25-17, 25-12, for third in the Class 2-A division. Shoshoni gets the fourth-place trophy.
Shoshoni started off the 2-A tournament by upsetting Wright in the opening round Thursday.
"We played really well at the state tournament," SHS coach Christina Mills said. "I couldn't be happier for the girls for their performance this weekend. We were just excited to get to state.
To come back with hardware is pretty exciting."
Shoshoni in semis
The win over the Wright Panthers moved Shoshoni into Friday's semifinal round with a state title match on the line.
Kemmerer ended the championship chase for Shoshoni in a 25-14, 25-13, 25-23 victory.
Kemmerer had beaten Shoshoni twice during conference play.
"Kemmerer is a good team," Mills said. "Their two top hitters just flat got after us on Friday night. We didn't have an answer for it. It's hard to play defense for that length of time. We just didn't have any offense."
Kemmerer went on to win the Class 2-A championship, defeating Big Horn in four games late Saturday afternoon.
In the do-or-die match with Wind River, Shoshoni won a tight first set 25-23, then took the next two 26-24, 25-20, for the sweep.
"It was a close game all three times," Mills said. "We just happened to get enough of a lead to pull it out. We were nervous, but we ended up getting it done in three. I was proud of the girls for stepping it up."
Then came a rematch with Wright, which was considered a contender for the state championship at the start of the tournament.
"We didn't play at very well at all on Saturday afternoon," Mills said. "Part of it was being young and being excited to get into the trophy round. We had a lot of emotion to beat Wind River. We kind of lost that when we turned around and played Wright."
Wright is one of the most veteran teams on the Class 2-A level.
"Wright was expected to be in the championship game," Mills said.
"We just didn't have us in it to get one more time."
Mills graduates senior Erika Eckley from the team.
Mills played underclassmen on the way to a state tournament berth.
It was the fourth year in a row the Wranglers had been in the Class 2-A state volleyball tournament.
After suffering a five-set loss to Big Horn on Thursday in the first match of the Class 2-A state volleyball tournament, the Cougars rebounded with a victory in the next round.
Wind River knocked out Southeast 25-27, 25-23, 25-22, 25-23 on Friday afternoon in the consolation bracket.
Wind River lost to Shoshoni in the next round.
Wind River coach Kristan Trujillo guided her team into the state tournament in her first season.
Her seniors are Megan Giles, Danielle Giles, Tory Thoman and Macayla Arrington.
Class 2-A state volleyball
tournament in Casper
(No. 1 seed/East) Big Horn 3 (No. 4 seed/West) Wind River 2 (19-25, 19-25, 25-13, 25-14, 15-8)
(No. 2 seed/West) Lovell 3 (No. 3 seed/East) Southeast 0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-14)
(No. 3 seed/West) Shoshoni3 (No. 2 seed/East) Wright 2 (25-21, 25-17, 18-25, 15-25, 15-9)
(No. 1 seed/West) Kemmerer 3 (No. 4 seed/East) Tongue River 0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-23)
Wind River3 Southeast 1 (25-27, 25-23, 25-22, 25-23)- Southeast Eliminated.
Wright3 Tongue River 0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-21)- Tongue River Eliminated.
Big Horn 3 Lovell 1 (25-16, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21)
Kemmerer 3 Shoshoni 0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-23)
Wright 3 Lovell 0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-18)- Lovell Eliminated.
Shoshoni 3 Wind River 0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-20) - Wind River Eliminated.
Wright3Shoshoni 0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-12) - 3rd Place
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