Lady Blazers advance to state tournament


BUFFALO – The Torrington High School volleyball team rattled off three straight wins to advance to the Class 3A State Volleyball Championships this weekend at the Casper Events Center.

The Lady Blazers went into Regionals as the No. 2 seed from the Southeast Quadrant but fell to Thermopolis 3-2 (25-18, 24-26, 21-25, 25-17, 15-9).

In the match, senior Dani Masterson tallied 22 kills, while sophomore Reece Halley added 10. Junior Morgan Bates dished out 44 assists, while Halley recorded a team-high two blocks.

That moved Torrington into the loser’s bracket side of the Regional Tournament, meaning they’d have to win the next two to reach the state tournament.

“As a team, we talked about having to play better volleyball,” coach Chelsi Jackson said.

The next day, the Lady Blazers did just that.

They came out and defeated Wheatland 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-11) and Burns 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-19).

Those wins locked the Lady Blazers into the state tournament, but there was still a game for seeding purposes awaiting Torrington against host Buffalo.

“It was a hard game, especially on their home court,” Jackson said. “It was very, very loud.”

Torrington fell in the opening set, but the Lady Blazers responded with three straight wins to clinch the match and earn the No. 3 seed for this weekend’s state tournament.

Junior Michaela Moorehouse led the team with 16 kills, while Halley added 10. The Lady Blazers served up seven aces, including three from senior Onalise Albaugh and two each from Moorehouse and Bates. Halley tallied three blocks, while Bates dished out 37 assists.

“The girls played with a lot of heart and character,” Jackson said. “They played some of the best volleyball of the season.”

The Lady Blazers will now turn their attention to the No. 2 seed Pinedale Wranglers on Thursday evening. The first serve is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Casper.

“From what I’ve seen, they seem pretty comparable to Buffalo, so it won’t be anything we can’t handle if we show up.”

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