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By Alex Kuhn
Sports Editor 

Lady Warriors sharp in first state tournament match

Face Douglas in semifinals at 6 p.m. tonight at the Casper Events Center


November 4, 2016


The Lady Warriors celebrate a point during a match against Buffalo on Oct. 13.

CASPER - In the final leg of their 3A volleyball title defense, the Worland Lady Warriors opened the 2016 Wyoming 3A state tournament sharp and looking every bit the reigning 3A champs in their 3-0 win over the Riverton Lady Wolverines.

"In game one and two we stuck to our practice plans. Our goal was to eliminate their runs, if they side us out we side them out and we did just that very effectively," said assistant coach Katherine Stuckey.

Using crisp passing, big hits and big blocks Worland won the first two games in convincing fashion 25-14 and 25-12.

However, with the match on the line the Lady Wolverines pushed back against the Lady Warriors leading for a majority of game three and were even up 24-22, but the champs had other ideas. Worland stormed back to tie the game at 24-all forcing the RHS coach to call a timeout. Out of the break Worland wasted little time in finishing off Riverton as they scored the next two points to win the game 26-24 and the match 3-0.

"Riverton fought for it in game three, they weren't going to roll over and let us have it," said coach Stuckey. "We let them have a few runs of three to four points that we shouldn't have allowed but toward the end our girls rallied for the win."

"Execute the details, make sure all our hitters are transitioned off the net, screaming for the ball, filling in for each other that our back row was playing middle defense," said Stuckey when asked what the message was for the team out of that final timeout.

Advancing to the semifinals the Lady Warriors await the winner of the Douglas/Lyman match (results unavailable by press time). Worland has yet to play Lyman this season but they have gone against Douglas losing by matches, 3-1 and 3-0.

"We need to worry about taking care of business on our side of the net. When we've played Douglas I felt like we were overthinking everything. We were trying too hard to be one step ahead of them and base our defense around them. So if we end up playing them tomorrow we really need to do our job and take care of business on our side of the net," said coach Stuckey.

Elsewhere in the 3A tournament, No.1 West-seed Star Valley defeated No. 4 East-seed Buffalo 4-1, 25-16, 25-19, 25-22 and 25-19. Mountain View, No. 3 West-seed, won over No. 2 East-seed Rawlins 4-1, 13-25, 25-23, 25-21 and 25-19.

Worland's semifinal match against the winner of Douglas/Lyman will start at 6 p.m. in the Casper Events Center on Court 3A.


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