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Lady Hornets take second at state tourney

PBHS advances to final round at state tourney before losing to Wright in four games


November 8, 2018

ZACH SPADT/Pine Bluffs Post

Dylan Sweeter celebrates a Pine Bluffs score during a home game earlier this season. The Hornets earned a state tournament berth this year, advancing to the championship round. They were defeated by Wright in four games, however.

The Lady Hornets came one match away from hoisting the 2A Wyoming State Volleyball Championship trophy over the weekend - but they were bested by a familiar foe.

Pine Bluffs traveled to the Wyoming state volleyball tournament last week.

They started things off b y facing third-seeded Wind River and won that matchup in three games.

Pine Bluffs won the first game 25-16 and the remaining two 25-19.

"You never know how that first game will go with jitters and not being real experienced at the state tournament but they played well. We had some moments but played aggressive," said head coach Lisa Gilbert.

Heading into the second game of the tournament, the Lady Hornets faced Southeast and won 3-1.

The first three games of the match were relatively close with Pine Bluffs winning 25-23 in the first game and 25-22 i nthe second.

However, the score was flipped in the third game with Pine Bluffs suffering a 25-21 defeat.

The Lady Hornets surged with a 25-10 win over Southeast in Game 4 to earn a state championship berth.

Wright had been a tough team for Pine Bluffs all season.

When the teams first matched up in August, Wright won in two: 25-22 and 25-16.

Pine Bluffs' only win against Wright came on Sept. 8. It took Pine Bluffs three games to do that. They won 25-18 and 15-12 in games 1 and 3 but lost game 2 25-14.

It would be Pine Bluffs' only victory over Wright this year.

Wright also was the only team boasting a winning record over Pine Bluffs heading into postseason play.

Unfortunately for the Lady Hornets, they were unable to defeat Wright in the final round, losing in four 23-25, 25-19, 25-18 and 25-17.

"Volleyball is such a game of momentum and after we won the first set, we struggled getting in a rhythm," said Gilbert. "We got tighter and tighter. Even though the outcome wasn't what we were shooting for they should hold their heads high as they fought hard."

The Lady Hornets finished the season with a strong 26-7-1 record and were 5-1 in conference play.

"It has been a joy to be able to coach such a talented, awesome group," Gilbert said.


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