Laramie High School’s volleyball team is preparing for the home stretch following their bye week.

Currently ranked fourth in the state, Laramie sits behind only Star Valley and Kelly Walsh with an overall record of (16-7).

Although Laramie is looking strong heading into their final games, Senior Jen Aadland still sees room for improvement.

“I think our greatest strength is offense, but we still need to work on our passing and defense” Aadland said.

Defensive performance has come a long way since the start of the season with emphasis on footwork and agility. These improvements have also gone hand in hand with natural chemistry development.

“For the last stretch of the season we’ve really worked on the fundamentals and developing team chemistry on and off the court” Aadland said.

Focus on chemistry has also resulted in better passing.

With just five games left in their twenty-nine game regular season, team members hope to come out strong prior to the state tournament.

Games against Natrona, Sheridan, Central, East and Douglas lead up to the playoffs, as Laramie hopes to earn an automatic spot at the state competition.

This can be achieved by winning their conference.

Laramie is currently ranked first in the Southeast conference with a (4-0) record. In order to maintain that mark, Laramie will play in difficult conference games against Central and East, with Central trailing Laramie in conference standings by just a game, with a record of (3-1). Central also holds the sixth spot in state rankings with an overall record of (18-6).

“I think our toughest game will be against Central” Aadland said, “they’re a good team and that will be an emotional night due to senior night.”

Should the team fail to clinch the conference, they will be required to clinch through the regional tournament in Cheyenne from October 26th-28th.

This scenario would also result in a worse seed at the state tournament if they were to win the regional tournament.

Once regionals begin, the playing field becomes level.

Each team in the region is given the opportunity to play, and regular season record is only reflected through tournament seeding.

Laramie’s upcoming games against Sheridan and Natrona should be a good opportunity to build some momentum, as the teams are currently ranked twelfth and fourteenth in 4A play, respectively, with records of (7-15) and (8-18).

“I think it should be a pretty easy weekend as long as we perform as a team and don’t let [Sheridan and Natrona] sneak up on us,” Aadland said.  

Games will be played on October 12 and 13 away from home.

Following games against Sheridan, Natrona and Central, Laramie battles East High School, which currently holds a record of (8-13) and is unranked.

Finally, Laramie will close out their season in Douglas against the Bearcats, who are currently ranked eighth in the state with an overall record of (23-6-1).

Standings throughout the rest of the season can be tracked at MaxPreps.com.