Lady Wranglers finish one win away from reaching state

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Cody Olivas

RIVERTON – The Pinedale volleyball team went 1-2 at the 3A West Regional Championships, finishing one win away from a spot in the state tournament.

The Lady Wranglers (11-17) started the tournament against Cody (21-9), the 3A Northwest's regular-season champion.

Pinedale won the first game, 25-16, but Cody took the second, 25-13. Pinedale went back up by winning the third game, 29-27, but Cody took the fourth game, 25-20.

In the tiebreaker match, Cody escaped with the victory, 15-10.

On Saturday, Pinedale started the day in an elimination game against Powell (13-16) in the consolation bracket. Pinedale won a close first game, 25-23, but Powell came back and took the second game, 25-14.

The Lady Wranglers, however, finished strong, and won the third and fourth games, 25-21 and 25-20, to end Powell's season.

The win moved Pinedale into the consolation semis – one win from the state tournament and a loss away from elimination.

Unfortunately for Pinedale, The Lady Wranglers had to go through the 2A southwest champion, Lyman (26-5). The Eagles had championship aspirations, but got upset in the semifinals by Riverton (20-12) in four games.

The games were competitive, but Lyman managed to take the contest in three – 25-18, 25-19 and 25-19 to end Pinedale's season.

Riverton ended winning the region, beating Star Valley (20-10) in the finals, 3-1. Mountain View also qualified for state with a fourth-place finish. The Buffs lost to Lyman in the third-place match.

Cody, meanwhile, failed to qualify after winning its conference during the regular season. Star Valley beat Cody in the semis and Mountain View eliminated the Fillies. Three of the four teams that made it to the state tournament came from Pinedale's conference.

Even though Pinedale didn't make it to the state tournament, the team still made big gains this year, winning almost 10 more games than it did last season.

Seniors Tacy Kunard, Carson Mack, Faith Friend, Zoe Noble, Haley Boulter, Bailey Schupp and Magen Rohrer helped lead the team this year.


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