Familiar Teams Top the First Volleyball Rankings of the Season
Three defending champions and a state qualifier from last year are on top of the four classes in the first WyoPreps.com Coaches and Media Volleyball Poll of 2020.
Rawlins, Sundance, and Cokeville won it all a year ago, while Laramie went 1-2 at the state tournament. Those are the teams that start the new year of rankings at No. 1.
In Class 1A, the Panthers received seven of 10 first-place votes. They were the clear choice for the top spot. The next three teams were separated by nine total points in the balloting. Kaycee is second, followed by Upton, and then H.E.M. Rounding out the 1A top five is Meeteetse, who finished in third-place at the state tournament in 2019. Six other teams received votes in Class 1A.
The defending 2A Champion Bulldogs of Sundance High School received all but one first-place vote. They start in first and are followed by conference foe Moorcroft, who received the majority of second-place ballots. Tongue River got the other No. 1 vote, and the Eagles are third in the first poll of the volleyball season. Rocky Mountain and Greybull finish out the top five in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Class 3A has the Rawlins Outlaws at No. 1. The defending champs earned all but one first-place vote. In second is Pinedale, who received the other tally for first. Mountain View checks-in at No. 3. Then, it’s Lander in fourth and Douglas in fifth. Five more teams picked up votes in the 3A rankings.
The Laramie Plainsmen begin the new season of polling atop the 4A division. LHS received 10 of the 14 ballots for No. 1. Thunder Basin is second, as the Bolts come off a runner-up finish in 2019. Three-time defending champ Kelly Walsh is third. Cheyenne East is fourth but only nine points ahead of Star Valley. Five more teams earned votes in the first poll of 2020.
This is the voting breakdown from the coaches and media around the state:
Disclaimer: The WyoPreps Coaches and Media Poll is done for fun. It does not have any bearing on the postseason or seeding for any postseason tournament.