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State Volleyball Finals - Wright

The Wright Panthers celebrate their sweep of Sundance in the Wyoming State High School Class 2A Volleyball Championship last year at the Casper Events Center.

CLASS 2A PREVIEW

DEFENDING CHAMP: Wright.

TEAM TO BEAT: Sundance.

The Bulldogs are 25-4, with only two of those losses coming to in-state teams — Green River and Wright. Sundance returns six starters from last year’s runner-up squad, including all-state selections Teila McInerney and Molly O’Connor. In other words, the Bulldogs are poised to break their 11-year state championship drought.

IN THE MIX: Wright, Greybull, Big Piney.

The Panthers (22-8) might not be as strong as in previous years, but the three-time defending state champs have two returning all-state players in juniors Kindall Seamands and Grace Trandahl and the only 2A team to beat them this season was Sundance. ... The Buffaloes (22-5) don’t like to mess around on the court as 19 of their wins were sweeps. They’re looking to win their first state title since 1988. ... The Punchers (20-7) are unbeaten against 2A competition this season — losing just four sets — and swept their way to the West Regional title.

BEST QUARTERFINAL MATCH: No. 3E Big Horn vs. No. 2W Greybull, 2:30 p.m., today. Not only is this the first meeting between the teams this season, but they haven’t played each other at state since 1999.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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