Here’s Our 4A Volleyball Recap
The winter sports season is right around the corner so while we have a chance, let's look back at the 4A volleyball season with the State Tournament participants.
Laramie repeated as the state champs in this classification with a 3 sets to none win over Kelly Walsh in that title match. University of Florida bound Alexis Stuckey was too much for the Trojans and took much for all of her opponents. She is a rare 4-time all-state selection but wasn't a one-woman team by any stretch. The Plainsmen had 3 other players named all-state in Taylor Tyser, Anna Gatlin, and Maddy Stuckey. Gatlin and Maddy Stukey were back-to-back all-state picks as Laramie went 32-2 this season. They'll lose 5 seniors heading to next season but Tyser and Maddy Stuckey return.
Once again. Kelly Walsh put a talented team on the floor and for the 2nd straight year, they finished 2nd at the State Tournament. The Trojans won their first 6 sets at the state tournament before falling in 3 to Laramie. This squad had a pair of 2-time all-state picks in Peyton Carruth along with Abi Milby and a first-time all-state pick in Cydnee Eskew. Logan Alvar made all-conference with KW posting a 30-5 record in 2021. But their two all-state players will return in 2021 but they also lose 5 seniors.
Thunder Basin ended up 3rd at the state tournament with a victory over Natrona. The Bolts bounced back from an excruciating defeat to Laramie in the semi-final round to finish the year 27-13. 6-2 Joelie Spelts is a two-time all-state pick, and Ellie Thomas was an all-state pick as well. Hannah Durgin and Taylor Hamilton were all-conference. Out of those 4, Spelts is the only returner for 2022.
Natrona turned in a nice year at 24-14 with a 4th place finish at state. Megan Hagar of the Fillies had a great year as she was an all-state selection for the 2nd year in a row. Alesha Lane who is the defending 4A state champion in the discus in track and field was also an all-state pick as well as Erin Weibel. The program has made a ton of progress but Lane and Weibel will be the only two players not returning for 2022.
Star Valley posted 25 wins this season against 12 losses but this was a senior-heavy group with Mia Hutchinson earning all-state distinction. Jose Linford and Whitnee Hale were all-conference and Linford will be somebody to build around for 2022.
Cheyenne East had a very good team this year bolstered by two players that were named all-state for the 2nd time, that being Elysiana Fonseca and Boden Liljedahl. They made life tough on every opponent, plus Kierra Walsh was an all-conference pick. The T-Birds finished 24-10 but Fonseca and Liljedahl return in 2022 as seniors so this will be a team to watch next season.
Cody went 0-2 at the state tournament but also posted 24 victories during the season. The Broncs had 2 players named all-conference in 4A, Kennedi Niemann and Molly Hayes and both will return next season. The Broncs will lose 3 seniors.
Rock Springs was eliminated after two rounds at the state tournament and the Tigers went 19-16 this past season. Senior Emily Tauher was named all-state which is no surprise. Kamrin James and Brenli Jenkins were all-conference picks. Rock Springs had 7 seniors in this year's squad.
Take a look at some extra photos of the 4A State Tournament in our gallery below. Enjoy!