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Riverton spikers begin league play in Casper
Bree Olson, left, Kiley Ridgway and the Riverton Wolverines open the Class 4-A West conference volleyball season Thursday vs. Casper Kelly Walsh. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Riverton spikers begin league play in Casper

Aug 29, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The match with the Lady Trojans will be on Thursday night.

It wasn't that long ago that the Riverton Lady Wolverines volleyball team was showing the Kelly Walsh Lady Trojans the exit door at the 2011 Wyoming state high school volleyball tournament.

But it was one team ago.

And that adds just a bit to the drama when both teams kick of Class 4-A West conference play Thursday night in Casper. Varsity game time is set for 5 p.m. Both teams had mixed success in their opening weekend of play. Riverton lost a semi-final match to eventual McDonald's champion and defending Class 3-A state champion Cody while Kelly Walsh dropped matches to Laramie and Cheyenne East but defeated Wheatland, Cheyenne Central and Cheyenne South in their first weekend of play.

"We have more confidence, but it is a new season. They have a fairly different team and we have people in different positions as well. You can't go off what happened last year, it's a new year," McNamee said.

The Lady Wolverines have settled on a starting lineup that includes Kristen Bailey, Ashley Lynott, Hailey Snell, Amy Woodward, Bree Olson and Kiley Ridgway.

MIranda Hosking is Riverton's second setter in their 6-2 formation and Kylee Trees and Baylee Stafford are competing for time at the libero position.

"We're still trying to find a bit of consistency," McNamee said.

After Thursday's match, the Wolverines will get back on the bus and head to Gillette for a Friday-Saturday tournament.

Junior varsity

The Lady Wolverines junior varsity squad beat the Wright J.V. to win the sub-varsity bracket of the McDonalds tournament last weekend.

"They played well. We definitely have some hitters coming up through the pipeline. They are solid and know how to jump," McNamee said.

During bracket play, the J.V. had to beat the Riverton sophomores, who had advanced to the semi-finals themselves and were in the tournament when the Wind River J.V. withdrew.

"It was pretty special that our sophomores also had a great showing in the tournament. I wish the two Riverton teams could have played in the championship.

That would have been a fun game to watch. The game with the sophomores was closer than the championship match with Wright," McNamee said.

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