PINE BLUFFS — There is one blemish on an otherwise perfect season for the Pine Bluffs volleyball team — a five-set loss to Guernsey.
Saturday’s shot at redemption? Well, that was just what the Lady Hornets needed.
In the regular season finale, in front of the home fans on senior night, Pine Bluffs got a chance to avenge its only loss and it didn’t waste the opportunity. The team won in four sets, rallying back from a first set loss. What did it mean? Everything.
“It means a lot to us. It means we have improved from the beginning and it feels like we’re undefeated now because we beat the only team that beat us. It feels really good that we are the top dogs and watch out,” senior Cassidy Smith said.
The Lady Hornets had to overcome the emotions of senior night along the way. But when you’re the No. 1 team in Class 2A, you’re expected to play at high level no matter the situation.
At 21-1 overall, Pine Bluffs will roll into regionals as the hands down favorite to march on to state. They have the tools to do just that. More importantly, they expect to.
“Since that was the only loss we’ve had it was cool to just go out there, show them what we’re made of and work hard and do our best,” Andrea Baker. “We got together and told ourselves we can’t let this happen again. We just need to come together, talk to each other and help each other out.”
For coach Lisa Gilbert, the win was two-fold — it served as a shot to make up for the team’s only loss and it gave the Lady Hornets a chance to build a little confidence after a lackluster game against Lingle-Fort Laramie the night before.
In the final regular season road game, Pine Bluffs struggled to a four-set win. Getting a win over Guernsey might be just the tonic the team needed.
“After last night I was like crap, I don’t want a game like that going into regionals,” Gilbert said. “Today they avenged themselves and did well. I’m really proud of them. They came together as a group.”