Laurel Volleyball takes fourth at State A tournament

Thursday, November 17, 2022
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The Lady Locomotive volleyball team, cheerleaders and coaches celebrate at the State A tournement in Bozeman last weekend. Billings Central placed first, Havre second, Hardin third, and Laurel fourth. Photo by Kathleen Linger

It had been a decade since the Laurel Locomotive Volleyball Team had been to state.

The girls were ready and so was their first-year coach Robin Taylor. While there were some nerves at first, the players settled right in and started winning matches. They finished in 4th Place. Billings Central placed first.

Taylor said the girls fought hard throughout the tournament.

“They had ups and downs, but they always fought through it all and at the end of the day they are all winners in my book,” Taylor said.

She said that going to state was an amazing experience for them to be part of. For Laurel’s three seniors, it was a nice finish to their volleyball experience. The seniors are Tatum Sholley, Maesy Bummer and Kaiya Graves.

“The state tournament in Bozeman is quite spectacular,” Taylor said. “They should all be so proud of finishing Top 4 in the state. Our Eastern Conference is impressive and to compete at that level is amazing.”

Taylor said she is proud of the coaches, which include Wendi Graves, Becca Stewart and Erin Bequette, and the players.

“I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls and coaching staff. They worked hard from day one till the last game at state. They are fighters and fought to the end,” Taylor said.

Taylor also noted the great support they received from the Laurel community, noting “I think our fans and followers grew enormous this season.” She hopes to see this excitement and support continue to grow.

While Taylor is pleased with her athletes’ performances, she also wants them to know she cares about them as individuals.

“They know how much I care about them as humans. They are not only amazing volleyball players but pretty amazing young ladies. They all made each other better on and off the court.”

With only three seniors leaving the team, Laurel looks to be strong again next year. 

“They are already hungry for next season. I am excited to see what the future of Laurel volleyball holds for us all,” Taylor said.

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