Wolverines hammer Lady Tigers

Sep 15, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor

It wasn't completely easy Thursday for the Lady Wolverines in their Class 3-A Northwest conference opener at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse against Lander.

But, it wasn't very difficult, either, as Riverton swept the Lady Tigers in straight sets, 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-15).

Naya Shime led the Lady Wolverines with 11 kills on an evening when they were without Hannah Reinig, who suffered a concussion after catching an inadvertent elbow from a teammate while going up for a block in their last match.

No matter, the Lady Wolverines dominated once they established a steady rhythm, following an early Lander assault, which included a kill and back-to-back aces by Conner LeBeau for a 4-2 lead in the opening set.

It wasn't long before Riverton came back on its way to a 25-12 set victory, which set the tone for the rest of the match.

Shime contributed three consecutive aces during a dominant stretch which saw head coach Trista Day's club take control of the opening set.

Ella Hauck began the second set with an ace, and Shime continued to pound away from the outside, thanks to outstanding service from Taylenn Thompson. She led with 10 digs on the day. Hauck and Carlee Flanagan had seven and six assists, respectively.

Riverton led the third set 20-10 before the Lady Tigers fought back to make it 21-15. RHS scored the final four points of the match to seal victory.

According to Day, the loss of Reinig simply provided an opportunity for others to step up in her stead, most notably Alexxis Motisi.

"Alexxis never played a varsity match before today. She and Mackenzie Becker really played well," said Day. "Also, Taylenn (Thompson) played a really solid, all-around game."

Riverton (8-4, 1-0 Class 3-A Northwest) hosts Pinedale at 6 p.m. Friday.