L-FL knocks off Kaycee to qualify for 1A state tourney


WHEATLAND – The Lingle-Fort Laramie High School volleyball team overcame a 2-1 deficit to defeat Kaycee, the top seed from the Northeast Quadrant, 3-2 to advance to the Class 1A State Tournament in Casper.

The Lady Doggers opened the 1A East Regional Tournament with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-18) loss to the Upton Bobcats.

Lingle got off to a quick start, scoring the first four points of the match, but Upton countered with four straight points of its own.

L-FL senior Ashley Riley recorded a kill on the ensuing point to give her team a 5-4 lead. The Lady Doggers held a one-point advantage until a second 4-0 spurt by the Bobcats gave the No. 2 seed a 10-7 lead.

Lingle battled back and senior Kalli Nichol tied the set at 10 with a kill, and from that point, neither team held a lead larger than two until late in the set.

With Upton leading 28-16, the Bobcats scored nine of the final 11 points to claim the opening set win.

The second set was all Upton. The Bobcats used a 9-2 run to take a commanding 20-9 lead.

In the final set, Upton aided Lingle’s early lead with back-to-back attack errors.

The Lady Doggers held the lead until Upton tied the set at 11. They scored the next point and never trailed the remainder of the match.

The loss dropped the Lady Doggers to a must-win match against Arvada-Clearmont.

L-FL survived the consolation semifinal round after falling behind 2-0 to the Panthers.

The Lady Doggers fell 25-15, 25-19 before responding with 25-23, 25-19, 15-5 wins to take the match, 3-2.

The win advanced the Lady Doggers to the consolation semifinals On Saturday morning against top seeded, Kaycee.

Lingle came out and won the opening set 25-13 before the Lady Bucs responded with 25-22, 25-16 wins over the next two sets.

The Lady Doggers forced a fifth set with a 25-14 win in the fourth.

In the deciding set, Lingle and Kaycee traded blows and played to a 10-10 tie, but the Lady Doggers scored the final five points to punch their ticket to the state tournament.

In the third-place match, Lingle played its second straight No. 1 seed, and Hanna-Elk Mountain swept the Lady Doggers, 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-10).

Lingle opened the state tournament against the West regionals top seed Cokeville on Thursday evening. The Class 1A State Volleyball Tournament concludes Saturday at the Casper Events Center.

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