CASPER – The Torrington volleyball squad dropped back-to-back contests at the Wyoming State Volleyball Championships in Casper over the weekend to end their season 13-21-1 overall.
The Blazers opened state tournament play Thursday against the west top seed, Powell, and fell in four sets 25-22, 20-25, 25-9, 25-9.
Torrington controlled set one early and eventually led 19-10, but the Panthers came storming back. Powell reeled off seven straight points, and then eventually tied the contest at 20-20, before capturing the 25-22 win.
Despite losing the first set, Torrington battled back to capture set two to tie the best-of-five-series at one game apiece.
Powell responded and showed why they were the top seed from the west, allowing just nine points to the Blazers in each of the final two sets.
Sophomore Brooklyn Asmus led Torrington offensively with nine kills, while junior Olive Osmera added seven. Senior Alyssa Albaugh and junior Taryn Stokes added six kills apiece. Senior Emma Colombini had 18 assists, 11 digs and three ace serves, while junior Jaycee Hurley had 13 digs and just one serve receiving error on 41 attempts. Sophomore Natalie Long added eight assists, four kills and 10 digs. Osmera tallied 10 digs and Asmus added six for Torrington.
On Friday, the Blazers fell in three sets to the Lyman Eagles, 25-9. 25-1. 25-21.
Albaugh led Torrington’s offense with seven kills, while Osmera added six kills and 11 digs. Long finished with a team-high 15 digs to go along with nine assists and Colombini had 12 assists and eight digs. Stokes finished with four kills and Hurley added 14 digs and two kills. Sophomore Nakaya Sipple chipped in five digs and two kills for the Blazers.