Laramie High School’s Lady Plainsmen varsity volleyball team defeated the Douglas Bearcats at an early home game last Saturday morning.

“It was very good, we ended up with a win even though one of our setters was gone so our JV setter swung up and she did very well,” Junior Taylor Gardner says.

There are currently 10 varsity girls playing on the team right now and one bench player.

The team currently holds Gardner, Halley Feezer, McCall Moore, Taylor Tyser, Anna Gatlin, Alexis Stucky, Camryn Nagy, Teagan Bluemel, Morgan Brown, Jessica Crane, and Morgan Jensen.

The volleyball team is very young this year, with five sophomores starting varsity and only two seniors.

“We are a very young, low experienced team,” Gardner says.

This is Gardner’s third season of volleyball and her first season on the varsity team positioned as a setter.

Laramie is currently ranked 10th in the 4a rankings, a decent spot for how young the team is.

The girls’ team has above national averages in kills per set and hitting percentage.

Stucky averages about four and half kills per set, an extremely high average for a sophomore.

Gardner says that there are off days on their team and could definitely be better with consistent energy and effort.

However, even with the disadvantages as a young and low experienced team, the team has many tall players this year, with some very strong hitters and blockers in the front row.

Six out of the 10 girls are over 5’11, a huge advantage against the other teams.

Thunder Basins roster only has three girls over 5’11, however they have a much older team with mostly juniors and seniors.

Laramie is second in the state for hitting, with Stucky ranked first in the state individually.

“The defense of the team is not the best and could be improved,” Gardner said.

The total blocks for the season are at 54, a number significantly lower than the national average.

Laramie is fifth in the state for blocks and digs.

The team has five more games left in the regular season, not including conference or state.

The next game will occur this Friday at Thunder Basin High school in Gillette at 6 p.m.

The TBHS girls’ team is currently third in the state and 791st nationally, with Laramie ranked 5090th nationally.

Kelly Walsh is currently the best in the state, however, Thunder Basin beat them earlier this season.

This will pose a good challenge for the Lady Plainsmen this weekend.

Knowing this the team has set goals for themselves and the team.

“Our goals are to not let the opposing team score more than three points in a run. We are trying to minimize our errors,” Gardner said.

The rest of the season is looking positive for the girls.

After this week’s game they will play the Rock River Longhorns, currently ranked 25th in the state, then Natrona County that following weekend, currently ranked 11th in the state.