Tate took on bigger role in East win over Natrona

Junior Savannah Tate’s role with the Cheyenne East volleyball team has grown throughout this season. But it has never been larger than it was during Thursday evening’s 25-20, 25-17-23-25, 25-21 victory over Casper Natrona County.

Not only did Tate play more than she has in any other match that I’ve seen this season, but she also played well and notched several key kills that stemmed Fillies’ runs.

“She’s a smart hitter and did a great job against their big blocker out there,” East coach Dan Box said. “We’ve been able to use certain people in the certain situations and Savannah did a good job there.” Continue reading

LCCC signee Passarelli chooses club, training over senior season

Tori Passarelli

Tori Passarelli

Tori Passarelli misses her Chatfield High teammates, especially her fellow seniors.

She is disappointed that she doesn’t get to experience the wild swing of emotions on senior night and that she’s missing out on one last season of assorted silliness and memory-making with her teammates.

Passarelli, who signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for Laramie County Community College on Sunday, is missing out on all of those last hurrahs because she chose to skip her final season of prep volleyball to train with her Colorado Juniors club team this fall.

The 5-foot-4 libero knows that spending the fall on the sand courts in the Colorado Springs-based club’s training facility instead of riding a bus to various gyms around the Denver suburbs is unconventional. But she makes no apologies for her choice. Continue reading

More on Laramie County CC’s volleyball signings

Albers, Austin

Austin Albers

Laramie County Community College held a press conference to announce the singing of five volleyball players Sunday afternoon. Coach Austin Albers‘ second recruiting class includes libero Courtney Albrecht and setter Farel Garcia of Johnstown, Colo., outside hitter Preston Lienemann of Loveland, Colo., libero Tori Passarelli of Littleton, Colo., and middle blocker Kiley Ridgway of Riverton.

The Golden Eagles have just three sophomores on this year’s roster: outside hitter Kanani Auwae, setter Rory McCloy and defensive specialist Hallie Burkart. These signing address those losses, Albers said. Continue reading

2013 Class 4A state volleyball pairings

Thursday

Match 1: Gillette def. Riverton, 25-11, 12-25, 17-25, 25-22, 15-7.

Match 2: Cheyenne Central def. Casper Kelly Walsh, 19-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-16.

Match 3: Cheyenne East def. Evanston, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-14.

Match 4: Casper Natrona County def. Laramie, 25-13, 27-25, 25-19. Continue reading

Class 4A East volleyball pairings

at Cheyenne East

Thursday

Match 1: (3) Cheyenne East vs. (6) Sheridan, 11 a.m.

Match 2: (4) Laramie vs. (5) Cheyenne South, 1 p.m.

Match 3: Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner, 4:30 p.m.

Match 4: Match 1 loser vs. Match 2 loser, 6:30 p.m., loser eliminated

Match 5: Match 3 loser vs. Match 4 winner, 8:30 p.m., loser eliminated

Friday

Match 6: (1) Gillette vs. Match 5 winner, 10 a.m.

Match 7: (2) Cheyenne Central vs. Match 3 winner, noon

Third-place: Match 6 loser vs. Match 7 loser, 2 p.m.

Championship: Match 6 winner vs. Match 7 winner, 4 p.m.

Burns volleyball goes 1-1-1 in Big Horn pool play

*These results did not make the Wyoming Tribune Eagle print edition as they were reported past deadline.

CHEYENNE — The Burns volleyball team went 1-1-1 to start pool play at the Big Horn Tournament on Friday.

The Lady Broncs beat Sunday 25-14, 25-23, split with Shoshoni 20-25, 26-24 and lost to Thermopolis 25-15, 25-21.

Burns will play at 9:30 a.m. against Rocky Mountain in another pool play game before beginning bracket play later in the day.

Lyons approach at service line helps Central topple East

CHEYENNE — Geri Wagner had some words for Lauren Lyons before and during Wednesday’s volleyball match with Cheyenne East.

Lyons, a junior at Cheyenne Central, is generally one of the Lady Indians better servers but her approach at the line lately hadn’t been all that strong.

“She’s been struggling a little bit with her serves lately, being a little tentative. She didn’t want to make an error,” Wagner said. Continue reading

Former South standout Dickinson to play for LCCC

Stephanie Dickinson

Stephanie Dickinson

CHEYENNE — Stephanie Dickinson, a former standout athlete at Cheyenne South, will be joining the Laramie County Community College volleyball team in the next few days.

Dickinson has already tried out and made the team. She is awaiting a physical before she can play or take part in team practice.

LCCC interim coach Cynthia Henning met with Dickinson before she tried out and talk about what she expected from the freshman. So far, she has met those expectations.

“We wanted somebody that was going to learn, work hard and she has come in and done that,” Henning said.  Continue reading

WyoSports extra: Burns volleyball, East cross-country, South tennis notes

Cheyenne South's Lincoln Trujillo won his match on Saturday against Torrington, 6-3, 6-1. Blaine McCartney/staff

Cheyenne South’s Lincoln Trujillo won his match on Saturday against Torrington, 6-3, 6-1. Blaine McCartney/staff

Some material this weekend did not make the Wyoming Tribune Eagle print edition due to it being past the print deadline. Here’s the material that did not make it to our offices on time:

South tennis battles Torrington

CHEYENNE — The Cheyenne South boys tennis team came close to earning the program’s first team win on Saturday, falling to Torrington 3-2.

Lincoln Trujillo won his No. 1 single match over Tyler Ring, 6-3, 6-1. The doubles team of Jake Freeman and Lencho Beltran won the No. 1 doubles battled Jon Cummings and Liam Nadeau to a 6-1, 6-1 win. Continue reading

Youthful roster gives Pine Bluffs volleyball hope for the future

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