Two Lady Bulldog volleyball players, Emilee Reasch and Charri McArthur, received for top honors as all-conference players by coaches in the 3A West Conference. Reasch was also named all-state player.
Coaches from each conference meet annually at the regional tournament to determine which 16 players in the conference most deserve all-conference honors. This year Reasch and McArthur, who played in the 3A West for the first time in their high school careers, were selected based on their performance throughout the 2014 season.
Reasch, a senior, was also named all-state for her impressive performance in spite of battling through injuries. Out of the 39 games played, Reasch had 460 kills, 75 blocks, 476 digs, 40 aces and 12 assists.
“She led our team in kills by more than double,” said Coach Stormy Jameson. “She also had a team high in blocks and digs. Anyone who watched us play throughout the year knows how important Emilee was to our success. She has been a four-year varsity starter. This is her third year with all-conference honors and third year elected to the all-state team. Last year she was our conference Player of the Year and team Most Valuable Player, as well.
“There have been a few girls come through this program that I thought had the potential to play on at the collegiate level, but Emilee not only has the skill set needed, but the drive for volleyball. She might have not been at the very top statistically in the state as the best player, but she was in my book. Even though she has grown so much in the four years that I have known her, she still has a ton of potential to reach. Whatever school Emilee decides to pursue will be lucky to have her and will benefit from her talent.”
McArthur, a junior, also had impressive stats with 62 kills, 10 blocks, 326 digs, 68 aces and 933 assists.
“Charri plays so much bigger than she is and has true volleyball sense and a high volleyball IQ,” said Jameson. “I honestly believe that I could play her at any position on the court and she would dominate. She has hit some kills this year that would compare to any of the best, but where she helped us most is at the setter position where she really quarterbacked our offense. She has the talent to make hard plays look easy and I am excited to have another year with her.
“Moving up to 3A was much more competitive for all-conference status. We had girls from eight teams in our conference pushing for 16 spots. If we had still been in 2A, then there is no doubt in my mind that we would have had four or five players from our team selected, which stinks because I still felt like they deserved it.
“Volleyball is a true team sport and none of our success could have been possible without the combined effort of our whole team and if it was up to me, there would be a few more with this status.”
Reasch said she plans to attend a two-year college before transferring to a university and plans to play volleyball on her college teams. She has already had inquiries from both Eastern and Central Wyoming Colleges and hopes to eventually play for the University of Wyoming at some point in her college career.
She said she was very impressed with the physical therapists who helped her through her injuries and plans to study to be one someday.
“University coaches aren’t recruiting directly out of high schools so much anymore,” she said. “Northwest would be awesome, but I haven’t heard from them yet. Right now I’m leaning toward Central Wyoming College in Riverton.”
She said the thing she enjoyed most about being on the Lady Bulldog team was the lack of drama.
“We were always friends first,” she said. “The team always had a good chemistry and I think that’s why we played so well together.”
She said she hopes to always be involved in the game, and to even coach at some point.
“I love this game,” she said. “It will always be a part of my life.”
By Patti Carpenter