CASPER – A long season comes down to the next three days for high school volleyball teams around the state. The Green River Lady Wolves start its hunt for a state title Thursday night.
The Lady Wolves enter the 2016 State Championships as the fourth seed from the west. After a strong opening day at the 4A West Regional, Green River dropped both its matches on Saturday. After losing in three to Natrona in the semifinals, the ladies had chances against Evanston but failed to win key points when they needed them the most. They fell in the third-place match to the Lady Red Devils in five, 25-19, 15-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-13.
Up first for Green River is the top seed from the east, Cheyenne East. Although the two teams have been at several similar tournaments, this is the first meeting of the year between the two teams.
East has rolled through the competition putting up 29 wins on the season. Overall, the Lady Thunderbirds are 29-7 including a 9-1 record in conference. East enters state winning its last 10 matches. Their last losses came from teams from Las Vegas, Arizona and Georgia. The only Wyoming team to beat East this year was Gillette.
Despite the tough challenge to open the tournament, Lady Wolves Head Coach Rikki Shantz is optimistic heading in.
“I am so proud of the girls for making it to the state tournament. I feel like we are definitely peaking at the right time, Shantz said. “They played really good at regionals, but this is a team that aims to improve every time we step on the court. We know that anything can happen at tournaments so we are going to come in and play our best volleyball and see what happens.”
Green River High School
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