Sep 12, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterRiverton now stands 1-2 in West 4-A volleyball play.
It took five games, plus a little extra. and a strong will to fight from behind, but the Riverton Lady Wolverines volleyball team beat the Green River Lady Wolves to earn their first Class 4-A West conference win of the season. The scores of the match were 27-25, 22-25, 25-15, 20-25, 17-15.
"This team has a lot of heart and a lot of desire. We just have to figure out how to get it going straight from the beginning without having those big valleys and spotting them 10 points or more," Riverton head coach Adrian McNamee said.
Certainly in the first game Tuesday in Wolverine Gym, Green River jumped out to an early 14-5 lead and increased the advantage to 17-7 before the Lady Wolverines (9-10, 1-2 Class 4-A West) started their first comeback of the night.
Baylee Stafford's ace after a Haley Snell block gave Riverton momentum. Kristen Bailey's dink, followed by two consecutive kills from Ashley Lynott and Bree Olson, cut Green River's lead to 21-17.
After a Green River timeout, Olson served one of her team-high four aces, and Bailey added two more kills. Kiley Ridgway blasted a kill and followed with a block to tie the game at 24-24. At 25-25, Ridgway pounded another kill, and Snell ended the game with an ace to give Riverton the comeback win.
"We like adversity," McNamee joked.
In the second game, the two teams played even early. Bailey's kill tied the game at 12-12 and, after trailing by three, Miranda Hosking's serve forced a long Green River return to cut the lead to one at 19-18, but that is as close as the second game would get for Riverton.
The two teams split the next two games to set up the dramatic fifth and final game.
Riverton fell behind early in game five, but a strong Lynott kill followed by a Ridgway ace knotted the match at 3-3.
The two teams exchanged points, and Green River managed to grab the lead at 11-8 when Tessa Williams at only 5-foot-5 and the Lady Wolves' top hitting threat, registered a solid kill.
But Riverton fought back to tie the score 11-11 and neither team would lead by more than one until Ridgway served for the win and the match at 17-15.
"They never gave up. They never stopped," McNamee said.
The Lady Wolverines host the Kelly Walsh Trojans Friday night in Wolverine Gym in a match that begins at 6 p.m. Because of interesting scheduling, this will be the second and final 4-A West conference match against Kelly Walsh and will happen prior to Riverton having played either Casper Natrona or Evanston in conference play.
"It's a little frustrating, but it is what it is," McNamee said.
The Lady Wolverines will get their first conference crack at the Casper Natrona Fillies Saturday in Casper.
Kills -- Kristen Bailey 14, Kiley Ridgway 13, Haley Snell 9, Ashley Lynott 7, Bree Olson 6, Amy Woodward 5, Miranda Hosking 1.
Aces -- Bree Olson 4, Baylee Stafford 2, Kiley Ridgway 2, Kristen Bailey 2, Haley Snell 1.
Blocks -- Kiley Ridgway 7, Haley Snell 2.5, Bree Olson 1.5 Amy Woodward 1.5 Kristen Bailey 1.5.
Assists - Kristen Bailey 20, Miranda Hosking 17, Haley Snell 4, Bree Olson 1, Baylee Stafford 1.
Digs -- Ashley Lynott 23, Bree Olson 21, Kiley Ridgway 13, Miranda Hosking 10, Kristen Bailey 7, Baylee Stafford 8, Amy Woodward 5, Haley Snell 3, Kylee Trees 2.
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