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Laramie volleyball completes state title defense

For the third time in four years, Laramie and Kelly Walsh met in the volleyball state championship game, and the Lady Plainsmen would come home with the hardware.
Published: Nov. 7, 2021 at 12:21 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 7, 2021 at 1:24 AM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - If you wanted to hang a state championship banner, Saturday was the day that mattered in Casper at the Ford Wyoming Center. It was the final day of the state volleyball tournament.

At 4A, Laramie was looking to complete a title defense after beating Kelly Walsh in four sets in 2020. They looked over the net at the Lady Trojans again this year.

The Lady Plainsmen had a slow start on Saturday afternoon, but University of Florida Commit Alexis Stucky rallied her team. A few major kills from Stucky got the rest of the team going, and they were able to win the first set 25-20.

They’d take the second set by the same 25-20 score, and in the final set with the score 24-23, it was a Stucky family connection that would give the Lady Plainsmen the state title.

Sophomore Maddy Stucky would set up Alexis for the kill, and the Lady Trojans weren’t in a position to get a hand on it. The Lady Plainsmen dogpiled one another as they realized they were state champions again.

“It’s amazing, and I couldn’t have wished for it another way,” said Senior Morgann Jensen on finishing her career with another state championship.

Alexis Stucky said winning the second state title was “a little sweeter.” Stucky also said winning back-to-back state titles is a testament to how much work the Lady Plainsmen put in in the gym.

The Lady Plainsmen had looked a little sluggish earlier in the state tournament, but they looked like their very dominant selves on Saturday. “We were highly motivated this game, and it’s such a special group of seniors and such a special team,” said Stucky. “It’s the only way to go out.”

For the 1A championship, Kaycee squared off against Cokeville.

The Buckaroos were able to squeak out a first set victory 26-24, and they’d split the next two sets against the Panthers. In the fourth set, Kaycee took a commanding lead, and with the score 24-18, Jackie Ramirez skied for the state championship-winning kill.

The Buckaroos take home their first state championship trophy since 2010.

Big Horn beat Sundance 3-2 for the 2A state championship, and Lyman knocked off Mountain View in five sets to deliver the 3A state championship.

Lander defeated Burns 3-0 to finish third at 3A, and Natrona County was swept by Thunder Basin in the 4A third-place game.

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