CASPER — The Lyman High School Lady Eagles cinched the 3A volleyball championship last Saturday as expected with a few hair-raising moments along the way.
Etching out 33 wins and not losses as they stepped up to the final rounds, the Lady Eagles were on the brink of taking their first state championship since 1994.
In the opening games of the state tournament last week, the Lady Eagles had overcome their opponents – Torrington and then Douglas – in both the first and semi-final rounds of the tournament without much pressure. Three sets each to notch the wins. Torrington was the #4 East seed and Douglas the #2, but neither proved to be a true challenge to the Lady Eagles who have claimed the #1 spotlight all season. Power, consistency and heart have been part of the Lady Eagles trademark as they have basically controlled the court in the final season of play for these seniors who have played together for years as a team.
Although the Lady Eagles have had their game stretched to five sets by the Mountain View Lady Buffs, the Lady Eagles have basically wrapped up their games in three, most with a sizeable margin.
But tournament play can create tensionas there isn’t time to regroup with a new game plan to make the outcome sweeter. It is a do-or-die time, and teams hope to play their best. There is no second chance.
At the championship game last Saturday, the Lady Eagles faced a new situation and were down 2-0 against the Lady Outlaws of Rawlins. Rawlins, the #1 East seed, had earned their shot at the championship game by knocking off the MVHS Lady Buffs in the semi-final round. Rawlins was expected to be tough as they brought an overall record 29-4 to the tournament and had won all of their conference games. And, the Lady Outlaws, last year’s runner up, proved to be tough, but not tough enough.
The Lady Eagles trailed 2-0 in the championship game last Saturday, which was a new experience for Lyman as they had moved through a perfect season. But the Lady Eagles rallied and came back to win the final three sets and prove they were champions (Lyman first): 21-25, 20-25, 25-21, 30-28, 16-14.