L-FL girls earn postseason honors

LINGLE – Nine local girls were named all-conference after the volleyball season concluded following the state tournament last weekend, with four coming from Lingle-Fort Laramie, three from Southeast and Torrington adding another two.

Jade Cooper, the Lady Doggers’ setter, was named all-state. She racked up 596 of L-FL’s 659 assists on the season. On top of having a solid setting game, Cooper tallied 77 kills, 35 aces and had a 94 percent serving percentage.

“Jade was the quarterback on this team. Many setters are considered to be the quarterback, but Jade epitomized this term,” coach Barb Clark said. “She ran our offense and took special care in getting the ball to the best spot on each play. She used her tipping and dumping ability to make blockers play us straight and not cheat.”

In addition to playing a key role on offense, Cooper led the Lady Doggers in digs, with 340, while tallying 14 blocks.

Fellow senior Amanda Riley joined Cooper on the SEWAC all-conference list, as well as the 1A Southeast all-conference list. Riley racked up a team high 318 kills and 45 blocks. Her kill percentage of 44 percent and serving percentage of 97 percent also led the Lady Doggers. At the service line, Riley accounted for 27 aces, while rounding out her stat sheet with 279 digs from the back row.

“Her greatest asset was her hitting ability. Amanda led the team with 318 kills and more importantly, she had a kill percentage of 44 percent,” Clark said. “I have never had a middle hitter who could hit with that much efficiency.”

A pair of juniors made the 1A East all-conference list in Jordyn Gaspers and Jordan Hunt. Gaspers finished second on the team in kills, with 111, while turning in 31 aces, nine blocks and 231 digs. She finished third on the team in both aces and digs.

“This young lady has worked hard all season and in the off season also. Jordyn took her role on the team serious and wanted to do her best,” Clark said. “She is coming along and her experience this year should really help her next year.”

Hunt turned in the fourth-most digs for the Lady Doggers with 216, but her presence was felt all over the court. She had the second-best serving percentage, coming in at 96.6 percent, while accounting for 24 aces. She was also second in blocks, racking up 19, while adding 91 kills to her stat sheet.

“Jordan is a stabilizing force on the court. She works hard to get better at her position every day,” Clark said. “Her backrow skills have increased so much this year it is amazing. Knowing that she is only 5-feet, 4-inches, you wouldn’t expect her to play the front row but Jordan did and was second on the team for blocks.”

Riley and Cooper were both all-conference honorees a season ago, while Gaspers and Hunt are new to the recognition. Cooper was also all-state a year ago.

On the 1A all-state list, Cokeville led the way with four nominees, while Dubois, Encampment and Little Snake River each added two. L-FL, Burlington, Farson-Eden, Hulett, Meeteetse and Rock River all had one nominee. On the 1A Southeast all-conference list, the Lady Doggers and Rock River each had four players honored, while three came from Hanna-Elk Mountain and Guernsey-Sunrise kicked in another.

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