Sep 20, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorWind River coach Troi Larsen said victories on the volleyball court over Rocky Mountain and Greybull Saturday at the Thermopolis Invitational will be momentum changers for the rest of the season.
The Lady Cougars pulled out a 20-25, 25-19, 15-13 victory against Rocky Mountain and a 25-23, 19-25, 17-15 win vs. Greybull in bracket play.
The two wins were in the silver division of the tournament. The top teams were in the gold bracket.
"I saw a different group of girls out there this weekend who wanted to win, which they did," Larsen said.
In the two matches, the Lady Cougars had to come from behind.
"It showed them as a team that they are capable of winning no matter who the team is," Larsen said. "Both Greybull and Rocky Mountain are good teams, so beating them helped build the girls' confidence."
The Lady Cougars entered the season with a lot of underclassmen without any varsity experience.
"I couldn't be more proud of how my girls have improved and played these last matches," Larsen said. "They are starting to play as a team and trust each other's ability, which has led the last few wins."
"To be honest, the whole team is playing great," Larsen said. "Each week, I see all the girls improve on things that are needed from each of them."
Junior Macayla Arrington does a little bit of everything for the Lady Cougars. Arrington plays middle hitter and in the back row.
"Macayla is playing great for our team. She has really stepped up as a leader," Larsen said.
Larsen has moved Tori Tolman into the libero position. Tolman started out the season as the setter.
"Tori is doing amazing," Larsen said. "She has really made a huge difference for us."
The two seniors on the roster are Darlee Hyatt and Brett Groesbeck.
Wind River stands at 2-2 in the Class 2-A Southwest conference. The Lady Cougars beat Big Piney and Wyoming Indian. "The first half of conference was just all right," Larsen said. "We lost to Kemmerer and shouldn't have."
WRHS also fell to Shoshoni.
"I believe that we have a good chance of coming back this second half of the season and being either number one or two in our conference."
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