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Rollercoaster levels out for Riverton spikers
Haley Snell returned the ball against Kelly Walsh Friday night at Wolverine Gym. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Rollercoaster levels out for Riverton spikers in split with Casper teams

Sep 16, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

From Riverton High School head volleyball head coach Adrian McNamee's perspective, her team's season is like a rollercoaster ride. But in using the metaphor to describe the Lady Wolverines' play on Saturday, the ride was a bit more level and, pleasingly, more consistent.

Most important, after an emotional, five-set home loss Friday to conference power Kelly Walsh (29-27, 19-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-11), Riverton (10-11, 2-3 Class 4-A West) rebounded for a solid four-set win Saturday afternoon against Casper Natrona (18-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20) at Natrona County High School.

"We learned a lot from the KW match, even though we lost. Like I told the girls last night, I don't think we played bad. But it wasn't like we played great.

There are things to learn both ways. Today, in my mind, Haley Snell played well offensively. On defense, Ashley Lynott and Bree Olson played well also," McNamee said.

The Lady Wolverines will make a three-day weekend out of things in Casper again beginning Thursday, when they challenge Cheyenne Central at Casper Natrona. Friday and Saturday, the Lady Wolverines will

compete in the large multi-class Casper Invitational Volleyball Tournament at the Casper Events Center, the perennial site for the Wyoming high school volleyball state tournament.

"I like playing those non-conference games. It will give us a gauge of what the other Class 4-A conference looks like. I think the two conferences are kind of even this year," McNamee said.

Riverton vs. Kelly Walsh

(29-27, 19-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-11)

Aces: Kiley Ridgway 7, Kristen Bailey 2, Ashley Lynott 2, Kylee Trees 1.

Kills: Haley Snell 12, Ashley Lynott 10, Kiley Ridgway 9, Kristen Bailey 7, Amy Woodward 7, Bree Olson 6, Kylee Trees 1.

Assists: Kristen Bailey 18, Miranda Hosking 14, Kiley Ridgway 2, Amy Woodward 2, Haley Snell 1, Ashley Lynott 1.

Digs: Ashley Lynott 23, Kristen Bailey 10, Miranda Hosking 10, Kiley Ridgway 9, Bree Olson 8, Kylee Trees 7, Amy Woodward 4, Baylee Stafford 4, Haley Snell 2.

Blocks: Amy Woodward 3.5, Bree Olson 2, Ashley Lynott 1, Kiley Ridgway 1, Kristen Bailey .5.

Riverton vs. Natrona

(18-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20)

Aces: Kylee Trees 4, Kristen Bailey 2.

Kills: Ashley Lynott 12, Haley Snell 11, Kristen Bailey 10.

Assists: Kristen Bailey 27, Miranda Hosking 10.

Digs: Ashley Lynott 17, Bree Olson 16, Kristen Bailey 15.

Blocks: Kiley Ridgway 7, Amy Woodward 5, Bree Olson 4.

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