Aug 26, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorTroi Larsen used the McDonald's Invitational volleyball tournament as an experiment weekend.
The Wind River coach switched a number of lineups and played against several Class 3-A and 4-A teams at the two-day tournament in Riverton.
The tournament started the season for WRHS.
"We played pretty well with all the different rotations that we did try," Larsen said. "I think that we found one that is going to work for the season. Our girls just have a few little communication errors that they need to work on."
The Cougars had pool play matches at the Riverton Middle School. The single-elimination tournament was played at Wolverine Gym.
"We improved on the most, getting to know each other and how they play," Larsen said. "A good team has played together for a while, and they know who is going to go where. They are just kind of learning about each other. They learned to play more like a team this weekend than in the past."
WRHS got a number of different matches under its belt in the opening weekend. The Cougars split with Lyman and lost the other ones.
"You can't get into shape in two weeks," Larsen said. "My girls will continue to run. Nobody is in really good shape. Unless you have been practicing all summer."
Wright swept WRHS in the opening round Saturday to knock the Cougars out of the tournament.
Wright won a 25-8, 25-16 decision over WRHS. Wright is the defending Class 2-A champion.
"It takes my girls every morning when we start a tournament about 16 points in before we start to play," Larsen said. "That is something that we are going to have to work on. We need to jump out of the gates and be on fire."
The host, Riverton, eliminated Wright (25-16, 25-19) from the tournament.
"Wright is a pretty tall team," Larsen said. "They seem like a young team. There isn't any outstanding young hitters on the team or huge blockers."
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