Class 1A begins the parade of Wyoming High School State Championship Volleyball tournament action on Wednesday in Casper.

With COVID protocols in place, all four classes will be held over four different days. This means teams will play all their state tournament matches within one day instead of spread over three days.

The defending champions are the Cokeville Panthers, who will be going for their fourth straight title and 25th in school history.

There are no rematches in the 2020 first-round compared to 2019. Five of the eight teams in this year’s state tournament bracket were at the state tournament a year ago.

The only first-round match that pits teams against each other that played in the regular season is Upton versus Little Snake River. The Bobcats won a neutral-site match at the Kaycee Quad on Oct. 9, 2-1. Scores were 19-25, 25-21, and 15-9. The other three matches will be the first meeting between the opponents this season.

Here’s a breakdown of the teams by matchup:

Cokeville = 16-7-1 overall record; 3X defending champ; won 24 titles in school history

H.E.M. = 17-5 overall record; hasn’t won a volleyball state championship

Upton = 16-7 overall record; 1 state title in school history (Class B in 1975)

Little Snake River = 11-9 overall record; 4 state titles in school history (most recent in 2016)

Meeteetse = 17-3 overall record; 1 state championship in school history (Class C in 1976)

Southeast = 18-4 overall record; hasn’t won a volleyball state championship

Kaycee = 19-3 overall record; 1 state title in school history (2010)

Burlington = 5-15 overall record; 4 state championships in school history (most recent in 2009)

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