PINEDALE – The Wyoming Coaches Association announced its list of All-State and All-Conference players for the 2013 volleyball season last week. Though no Sublette County players made the All-State list, three volleyball players from the county made the All-Conference list.
Sarah Shafer and Ali Applin from Big Piney High School made the list for the 2A Conference, and Teerstyn Johnson from Pinedale High School earned her way to the 3A Conference list.
All three seniors had exemplary seasons this year, displaying their understanding of volleyball fundamentals, leading their teams to victories and showing what it takes to be a successful student athlete.
Early on in the season, the Big Piney Lady Punchers knew Shafer and Applin would be two strong shoulders to lean on. As the team’s main setter, Applin barely had a moment of rest during sets – she scrambled all over the court to get herself in the best position possible to set the ball – and her novel jump set gave the hitters a few extra seconds to put themselves in a strong position to come through with a successful hit. Shafer was consistently one of those hitters waiting near the net to rise up into the air and bring the ball down with devastation on the opponents. Shafer’s improvement throughout the season was incredible, and the player became better with ever set she played in. By the end of the season, Shafer and Applin were not only the team leaders, but also key assets to the Lady Puncher program.
In Pinedale, there was never any question Johnson would find herself to the All-Conference list. Her height has always made her a boon to the Lady Wranglers, and when combined with her leadership abilities, her knack for switching into different roles if necessary and her willingness to work for a win, Johnson was a clear choice for the list.
Together, the three players are examples of the perseverance of Sublette County student athletes, who continue to work, fight and strive for the best even when the odds may be stacked against them.
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