Sep 7, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterRiverton returns to Wolverine Gym to host its Class 4-A West conference home opening volleyball match Saturday as Rock Springs comes to town. Game time for the varsity contest is set for roughly 2 p.m. following sub varsity play.
"Practices went well this week," head coach Adrian McNamee said. "We got a lot covered given a Monday off. We'll still have four practices before our game."
Riverton (8-9, 0-1 Class 4-A West) will be looking for its first conference win of the young season and will continue to focus on playing a more consistent brand of volleyball.
The Wolverines will stay with 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 its 6-2 formation.
Rock Springs will enter Saturday's match having defeated Cheyenne South and Big Horn in regular season games but has suffered losses to Gillette, Glenrock and a strong Lyman team. This will be the first Class 4-A West test for the Tigers.
"(Rock Springs was) in the gold bracket in Gillette (last week)," McNamee said. "Whether they are strong or not, I don't know, but they are playing fairly well at this time."
Both teams advanced to the semifinals of the early-season McDonald's tournament in Riverton.
Last year, Rock Springs placed third, just ahead for the Wolverines, at the West regional volleyball tournament but suffered losses to Laramie and Cheyenne East to make a quick state tournament exit. The Wolverines placed fourth at state a year ago and have been working this season with a fighting attitude.
"Right now one of the biggest things we are struggling on is communication," McNamee said. "When we have that, we are really, really good. One thing that is neat about this team is that they are willing to work, and they never give up."
The Wolverines will host the Wolves on Tuesday in Wolverine Gym with varsity play scheduled for roughly 6 p.m.
There is no admission charged for regular season games in Wolverine Gym.
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