And Now, the 3A Volleyball Review
The 3A volleyball season came down to arch-rivals in the southwest part of the state as Mountain View took on Lyman at the 3A State Tournament in Casper. At the 3A West regional the week before, Mountain View took 1st with a 3 sets to none win over Lyman. The Eagles turned the tables in the Buffs with everything on the line and prevailed in 5 grueling sets. Lyman won 33 matches this season and that's an unreal number with the help of 2 all-state picks in Brice Hansen and Kendyl Dickerson. In fact, Hansen is a 3-time all-state selection so she made her senior year count. Charlsie Rose and Sage Bradshaw were named to the all-conference team so this was a well-rounded group. 3 out of the 4 players that earned post-season honors were seniors so there will be re-tooling for next year.
Mountain View also won 33 matches this season and was the defending state champions in 3A. The Buffaloes beat Newcastle and Lander in the first two rounds of the state tournament before bowing out in 5 sets to Lyman. Mountain View had a 3 time all-state player in Kaycee Bugas who will continue her career at Dixie State. Kamri Hutchings is a two-time all-state pick and will be headed to Northwest College in Powell Junior Ashlee Tims was an all-state pick too so this team was very good. They'll also be saying goodbye to 5 seniors.
Lander has an impressive season thanks to Demi Stauffenberg who was a rare 4-time all-state pick. She was joined on the 2021 all-state list by Emma Goetz who will play soccer at Casper College in the fall. The Tigers defeated Burns 3-0 to capture 3rd place at the state tournament and finish the year 30-3. It show's you how tough the 3A West was this past season. Lander also had an all-conference performer in Layla Norse. With Stauffenberg and Goetz graduating, it's going to be a different world for the Tigers in 2022.
Burns scratched and clawed their way into the state tournament thanks to a 2nd place finish at the 3A East Regional. The Broncs were 19-19 on the year and took 4th at the state tournament and lost to Lander twice. Emma Norris and Rylee Jo Ward were both all-state picks. Ward was a senior and Norris a junior. Kylie Gallegos was an all-conference pick for the Broncs and sophomore Brooke Hansen was too so the cupboard won't be empty next season for this program.
It was a whole new world for defending 3A state champion Douglas with a new coach and it was tough replacing players that the Bearcats a formidable opponent day in and day out. Douglas also posted a 19-19 record and was the #3 seed from the East at the state tournament but went 0-2 in Casper. Senior Allison Olsen was an all-state pick and senior Chloe Collins was all-conference. The Cats are expecting 4 seniors for the 2022 season.
Buffalo had a nice season with 21 wins and 13 losses. The Bison went 1-2 at the state tournament with a loss to Pindale and Lander plus a win over Douglas. Senior Tessa Taylor made the 3A all-state team and two of her teammates earned all-conference designation; that being Cassidy Bessler and Tess Rule. Both of those all-conference players will be juniors next season.
Pinedale was another team that broke the 20 win mark as senior Rozanne Rogers made the all-state team. She was one of 4 seniors on the squad that went 21-15 overall but lost a heartbreaking match to eventual state champion Lyman in the 3A semi-finals.
Newcastle qualified for the state tournament with a 4th place finish at the 3A East regional and they finished the season at 15-18. The Dogies had a trio of all-conference players; Tiernan Stanton, Hunter McFarland, and Jaylen Ostensen. All three were juniors in 2021 and Newcastle will be a team to keep an eye on in 2022.
Be sure and check out some photos of the 3A State Volleyball Tournament in our gallery below!
2021 3A Volleyball Wrap
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