Eliza Higgins and Leslie Blackburn weren't sending flowers on Thursday.

Behind the play of its senior duo, Rocky Mountain earned a 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-11, 25-15) win over Pine Bluffs in a Class 2A quarterfinal match at the Wyoming State High School Volleyball Championships.

But, first, Rocky coach Carol McMillin on the origin of the Grizzlies' team motto: "We don't send flowers."

"We don't overpass and give [opponents] opportunities to send it back to us," McMillin said. "We'd rather send rocks."

The Grizzlies sent plenty the Hornets' way on Thursday at the Casper Events Center. Higgins led the way with 21 kills, while Blackburn added 11.

In the second quarterfinal match of the day, Big Horn certainly played like the three-time defending state champion in a 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21) win over Lovell.

Big Horn coach Jamie Harvey said said she'll expect similar things from Rocky Mountain in today's semifinal, whom Big Horn beat at its tournament on Sept. 11 in straight sets.

"They're going to be a good team," Harvey said.

But don't think the Grizzlies will be looking to send any flowers to the Rams.

"You want to get flowers," Higgins said, "so you can send back rocks."

WRIGHT, SUNDANCE SWEEP WAY INTO SEMIFINALS: There will be plenty of familiarity in the other semifinal of the Wyoming State High School Class 2A Volleyball Championships.

Northeast Conference rivals Wright and Sundance will meet today for a third time this season in the semifinal round.

"I think [today's] match is going to be a great match," said Panthers coach Wenett Martin, as Wright won both regular season meetings. "Both teams are going to come out with everything and the kitchen sink."

The Bulldogs swept Shoshoni in three straight (25-12, 25-18, 25-22), while Wright downed Riverside (25-12, 25-19, 25-16) equally.

But the win did come at price for the Panthers. Junior reserve Meghan Grizzle fell headlong into the far-side net standard and suffered a deep laceration to her knee.

"Meghan's a solid player for us," Martin said. "She's come up with a lot of kills lately.

"Hopefully we can get her back [today]."

Contact sports reporter Clint Robus at clint.robus@trib.com or (307) 266-0615. Read his blog at trib.com/epreps

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