BUFFALO – The Lingle-Fort Laramie High School volleyball team qualified for the 2021 Wyoming Class 1A State Tournament as the No. 4 from last weekend’s East Regional Tournament in Buffalo.
The Lady Doggers finished the weekend with a 2-2 record. Following the team’s 3-0 victory over Guernsey-Sunrise, the team traveled to Buffalo as the No. 4 seed from the Southeast Quadrant.
Lingle began and ended the regionals with a loss to the top seed from the Northeast Quadrant in the Kaycee Lady Buckaroos.
In the opening match, the Lady Doggers were handed a 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-15) loss.
The loss put Lingle behind the eight ball, needing to win two straight matches before losing their second to punch its ticket to Casper.
That’s exactly what the Lady Doggers did.
In the first round of the consolation bracket, LFL defeated Rock River, 3-1.
The Lady Doggers grabbed a 2-0 with a pair of 25-20 wins before the Lady Longhorns prevented the sweep with a 27-25 win in the third set. Lingle put away Rock River in the fourth with a 25-23 win to advance to the consolation semifinal round.
In the match, which ultimately decided the fate of the team’s state tournament hopes, the Lady Doggers defeated the Upton Bobcats, 3-1.
Upton grabbed an early 1-0 set lead with a 25-13 win, but Lingle won the next three sets 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 to secure their trip to state.
The win setup a rematch with Kaycee for seeding purposes, with the winner receiving the No. 3 seed, while the loser falls to the No. 4 seed.
For the second time in the weekend, the Lady Buckaroos swept the Lady Doggers, but this time, it was a much closer match.
Lingle fell 25-19, 27-25, 25-19.
No stats were available from regionals at press time.
The Lady Doggers (12-17) opened the state tournament against the defending Class 1A state champion Cokeville Lady Panthers on Thursday evening. With a win, Lingle will play at 6 p.m. Friday, but with a loss, LFL will play again at 2:30 p.m. Friday.