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Lady panthers perfect at state

Posted: Friday, Nov 2nd, 2012

Lady Panthers, state champs. GAZETTE PHOTO/Jan Moody

CASPER — The Lady Panthers took their perfect record from regionals into the state tournament in Casper this past weekend and continued to dominate as they extended their perfect record through the title match to bring home the first place trophy. Never in the history of Cokeville volleyball, since going to the best of five, has any team been perfect throughout post-season play.

The Lady Panthers swept all three matches at regionals in three games and turned around and duplicated that record at State. The Lady Panthers’ first match was with the no.4 team from the east, the Lady Cats of Upton. Scores were 25-10, 25-21 and 25-13.

Their second round match was with the Lady Buccaroos of Kaycee. The Lady Buccs brought with them some height and some real determination coming in as the second place team from the East. But with some great passing, setting and hitting by the Lady Panthers, the Lady Buccaroos fell 25-19, 25-18 and 25-17. This semi-final win put the Lady Panthers back in the state championship match against the Lady Doggers of Lingle.

It was ironic that the Panthers had just played the Doggers on Friday in the first round of football playoffs and here the Lady Panthers were facing them for the championship. This was only the second time the Doggers had ever been to the championship match. In 2006 they faced the Lady Huskies of Burlington and were defeated.

It was apparent in game one of the 2012 championship match that they came with increased determination to take home their first state title, but it was not to be. The Lady Panthers squeaked out the win in game one 25-23 but then turned around and dominated games two and three winning 25-12 and 25-15. It was truly a team effort for the Lady Panthers as they kept it together, working as a team to bring home the state title.

“It was a lot of fun. The girls played well and it was just a lot of fun,” said Coach Thompson. This win took the total number of state championships for the Lady Panthers on the volleyball court to 19, the most state titles won by any team in the state.

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