With players like junior Bailey Curtis, left, and junior Dana Mullins, right, returning next season, there is a lot of optimism for the Hornets. Miranda Grubbs/staff
CHEYENNE — For the first time since 2008, the Pine Bluffs volleyball program won’t be going to the Class 2A State Volleyball Tournament.
But with the roster the Lady Hornets played had this season and the way the year shook out, the team is hoping it won’t be long before they return to the event.
“I think we do have a lot of optimism. We need to put some pieces together, gain that confidence and I think the future looks bright. It looks bright for our program,” Pine Bluffs coach Christina Nusbaum said following the teams three-set loss to Wright in the Class 2A Regional Tournament on Saturday. Continue reading
Editor’s note: This information was reported too late to the Tribune Eagle to make the Saturday print edition.
CHEYENNE — The Pine Bluffs volleyball team picked up a tight 25-23, 21-25, 25-22, 31-29 win at Saratoga on Friday afternoon.
“I was very impressed with the determination of this team. We fought hard and never gave up,” Pine Bluffs coach Christina Nusbaum said via email.
“We hit the ball much better than we did last night against Lingle-Ft. Laramie and I am pleased with the way we are coming together. Because we are a young team we are still learning how to play together and I see us improving each week.”
Jesi Zitek finished the game with 22 digs, six assists and two aces while Brooke Darden had 16 assists, 16 digs and one ace. Andrea Baker had 12 kills, 12 digs and three aces. Dana Mullins finished with 11 digs and two aces.
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.
Pine Bluffs did an unreal job of serving in Tuesday night’s sweep of Burns. The Hornets were 56 of 59 and had 16 aces.
On the flipside were the Broncs who had seven aces despite sending many serves long or into the net. None of those missed serves bothered first-year Burns coach Christina Gorman all that much.