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Final volleyball home matches versus Riverton Oct. 6

Posted: Friday, Oct 5th, 2012

Evanston’s McKensie Herold dives for a play during a recent volleyball match. The Lady Red Devils are now 7-0 in 4A conference play. Photo by Heather Gifford

EVANSTON — One final opportunity to watch a special class of Red Devils volleyball seniors compete in their home digs at the Red Devils’ gym is scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 6, with Riverton coming to town for a 4A West Conference clash.

The Lady Wolverines are a tall, imposing team, that played third-ranked Evanston very tough in their first meeting last Saturday in Riverton. Coach Tera Lawlar told the Herald she and her staff believe the Wolverines are the second best team in the conference, at this point. Despite a three-set sweep last Saturday, Evanston had to come from behind at some point in all three to win, as reported earlier. 

Seniors Kortney Freeland, McKensie Herold, Meghan Cranford, Mackenzee Barker, Jacolby Thibodeax and Emily Hansen will attempt to wow the hometown crowd one last time.

Every class is unique and special to Lawlar, but there have been some special circumstances and challenges overcome by her current seniors, which is something this group, the class with the exceptionally high volleyball IQ, that make their journey all the more meaningful. No elaboration was supplied or requested, but Lawlar did offer this:

“I am so proud of these girls,” the coach expressed, “and some special obstacles they overcame, which past teams didn’t have to deal with. They haven’t had it the easiest, and the way they have come together is amazing.”

Lawlar spoke of their contributions to the program, and to each other.

“It goes way beyond the teammate-to-teammate relationships and coaches to players, too,” she said. “This team could be 0-7 at this point, and I would be expressing the same things with the same sentiment.”

But rather than 0-7 in the conference, Evanston is 7-0 in conference play. Following Saturday’s Riverton match-up, a road trip to Casper awaits next weekend, bringing the regular season to a close. The culminating events of the regional and state tournaments, which they have played for all season, are all that remain, as does the 4A state championship as the goal.

In between the home and away with Riverton, Rock Springs invaded the Red Devils’ gym on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Evanston had defeated the Lady Tigers in Rock Springs on Sept. 18, but won “ugly,” as reported last month.  Red Devils volleyball made it 10 in a row and 7-0, and dispatched the Rock Springs rather soundly, 25-16, 25-10, 25-15, seemingly taking the wind out of their opponents’ sails with the first set. 

Many believe this successful season can have a very special ending. Lawlar would like to see her seniors honored, and they will be, right after the JV game. But it will be as “normal,” and without a great deal of fanfare, or specialties included.

“Normal has worked for us,” Lawlar explained, justifying why an over-the-top celebration is not what the team wants.

However, having a loud and proud crowd cheering them on would be the best send-off and most appropriate means of getting behind and supporting the team, the coach explained.

“They will be honored and acknowledged, but would truly best be honored by the attendance of everyone who can be there, to send them off in style,” Lawlar said. “A fun, enthusiastic crowd would make their day.”

Freshmen are scheduled for 11 a.m., sophomores at noon, the JV at 1 p.m., and the varsity are set to battle Riverton at 2 p.m. Start times can lag behind.

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