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Heartbreak Again Lady Warriors drop semifinal match to Douglas

WORLAND - After winning the title in 2015, the Lady Warriors have advanced to the semifinals in 2016 and again this year, both times falling to the Douglas Lady Bearcats. Last season, the Lady Warriors fought tough only to fall in four games. This year they pushed Douglas to five games, but unfortunately the end result was the same. Douglas ended Worland's chance of getting back to the championship match with a 25-14, 16-25, 24-26, 25-15, 15-7 victory over the Lady Warriors.

 

November 4, 2017

COURTESY/Dimitrios Dows/Douglas Budget

Lady Warriors Denali Jones and Alexa Caballero get a block against Star Valley Thursday night. After a big win Thursday, Worland suffered a heartbreaking loss to Douglas in the semifinals of the 3A State Volleyball Tournament on Friday.

WORLAND - After winning the title in 2015, the Lady Warriors have advanced to the semifinals in 2016 and again this year, both times falling to the Douglas Lady Bearcats. Last season, the Lady Warriors fought tough only to fall in four games. This year they pushed Douglas to five games, but unfortunately the end result was the same.

Douglas ended Worland's chance of getting back to the championship match with a 25-14, 16-25, 24-26, 25-15, 15-7 victory over the Lady Warriors.

Worland struggled in the opening game as Douglas opened up a 6-2 lead and later 15-7. Worland did get some timely kills from Caitlin Cottrell and Saige Jones to stop some Douglas runs.

A stuff block by Jones ended another run from Douglas as Worland found themselves down 11-24. Douglas finished out the first game, handing Worland a 14-25 loss.

The two teams played even at the start of the second game. Worland was able to slowly extend the lead with kills by Jaycee Page, Alexa Caballero and forcing some errors from Douglas to lead 22-13. At game-point, 24-14, Saige Jones gets a block for the final point.

With the momentum from game two, Worland opened the third game on a 6-1 run that included a kill by Denali Jones and a big block by Payton McEndree. They extended the lead 12-5 with an ace by Casey Wassum, kills by Caitlin Cottrell, two kills and a block by Saige Jones. After a timeout by Douglas, the Lady Bearcats slowly began eating away at the Worland lead and eventually overtook Worland to lead 19-21. Worland fought back to tie the game a couple of times including at 22-all on a Saige Jones kill. Two Denali Jones kills had Worland at game-point. McEndree got a block to win the game, 26-24.

Up two games to one, Worland looked to finish off Douglas but the Lady Bearcats came out hitting hard and took a 2-9 lead over Worland and then led 4-17. Worland closed the gap with some strong hitting by Saige Jones, Denali Jones and Caballero. At 14-23, Douglas took a timeout and then came out and finished the game 15-25, pushing the match to a deciding fifth game.

The fifth game started tight with Douglas up 0-2 before a tip kill from Caballero and a hitting error from Douglas tied the game at 2. Worland took a 5-3 lead, but the Douglas went on a 2-9 run, as Worland trailed in the game 7-12. After a timeout from Worland, Douglas finished the game and match, 7-15.

The loss moves Worland to the consolation bracket where they will face Lyman at 9 a.m. this morning in Casper. Lyman defeated Torrington in five games Friday afternoon. Thursday, Lyman lost to Rawlins in four games. Rawlins advanced to the title game with a win over Riverton Friday night.

A win over Lyman would put Worland in the third-place match at 2 p.m. to face the winner of the Mountain View/Riverton match.

WHS volleyball coach Brittany Miller was not availablefor comment by press time.

 
 

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