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Eagles volleyball two-and-Out at state tournament in Casper

Posted: Friday, Nov 2nd, 2012


Bailey Hallam serves during state competition in Casper. Courtesy photo


The Lyman Eagles volleyball squad traveled to Casper last week to compete in the State Tournament.

The Eagles’ first matchup of the tournament was against Torrington. The Eagles struggled from the start of the game, unable to get key players focused on the game or grab the momentum that would be required to achieve a win. The Eagles lost to the Trailblazers in three sets, with scores of 14-25, 21-25, and 12-25. Makailey Smith led the team in the game with 12 earned points. Smith had three aces and 8 kills in the match. Bailey Hallam contributed by adding 22 perfect passes and 12 digs.

The Eagles would next face the Rawlins Outlaws. The Eagles put up a strong fight, but once again took a loss in three sets, 23-25, 22-25, and 12-25, eliminating them from the Tournament. Makailey Smith contributed three aces and seven kills in the match. Taylor Limoges added seven more kills and 16 perfect passes.

Layne Parmenter, the Eagles’ head coach, was awarded 3A West Conference Coach of the Year last week during the Regional Tournament. “I was pleased and honored to be voted the 3A West Coach of the Year,” Parmenter says, “Particularly since there are so many coaches I respect and honor in our conference. To name a couple, I think Angela Sweep is an outstanding coach and did a great job with her kids this year. I know they’ll be back with a vengeance next year, and I look forward to more spirited matches with them. Coach Brandy Jenkins in Star Valley is a classic, both on and off the court. It’s hard to argue with how well her kids play. I want to thank the 3A volleyball coaches for their kindness in voting for me.”

As the State Tournament rounds to a close, so does the season for the Lady Eagles. The Eagles’ accomplishments this year include playing for the championship of the Riverton Tournament, earning second place in their conference, and claiming three of four teams they played at conference duals. They finished the season with a 26-15 record and took 4th in their region.

“While the state tournament didn’t go as well as we had hoped,” said Parmenter, “the Lyman Eagle volleyball team had a really strong season. I’d like to thank two outstanding assistant coaches, Jamie Hart and Courtney Walker for their wonderful efforts with the teams this year. The freshman team was undefeated and the JV squad won 75 percent of their matches, both great accomplishments for coaches where we’re all new to each other and the program. Thanks to coaches Fackrell and Kennedy for working so hard with the middle school players this year. They did a very nice job and the younger players had successful seasons. Also, many thanks to such supportive parents for sticking by us through the season and traveling so far to cheer for the kids. All of us are very appreciative of your efforts on our behalf.

Makailey Smith and Tiffani Dennis are the only senior players on Lyman’s volleyball team this year. They showed a lot of leadership and character in tough matches and helped the team accomplish some of the great things it did. Finally, special thanks to Haley Walk, our very own senior trainer, manager, amateur film maker and media specialist. She helped keep us going on all fronts.”

Smith was one of two players this year to set new records for the Lady Eagles. She finished the season with a total of 71 aced serves, slaughtering the previous record of 60 set by Taylor Anderson in 2008.

The Eagles hope to have set a tradition this year, and look to continue and improve next year.











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