It’s a journey that began a couple of years ago, and one that the Laramie Lady Plainsmen hope to complete this weekend.

The goal is to win a state title for the second time in school history.

The Wyoming State Volleyball Championships begin Thursday and go through Saturday at the Casper Events Center.

Laramie is considered one of the favorites for the class 4A title. The top-ranked Lady Plainsmen have a 29-4 overall record and have won 10 straight matches going in to state. They also won the 4A East Regional Championship at home last weekend.

Their first round opponent is their nemesis, the Evanston Red Devils. They’ve knocked Laramie out of the championship side of the bracket the last two years. In 2015, Evanston swept LHS in the semifinals. Last year it was another sweep, but this time in the first round. The Lady Plainsmen were able to bounce back and take third place in 2016.

Laramie head coach Becky Baker visited with KOWB’s David Settle for a preview of the state tournament. She is very proud of her team, finds it fitting they play the Red Devils and knows they must play their game and play their best to have a chance to win it all.

Senior Katie Welniak and junior Olivia Elias also provided some insight into what they need to do to be successful.

Laramie’s only previous state championship on the volleyball court came back in 1994. They came close in 2011, but finished runner-up.

This quest begins Thursday at 1 p.m.

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