Sep 28, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterThe RHS sophomore volleyball team swept the Casper Natrona Fillies in two games Thursday night in Wolverine Gym.
Then the RHS junior varsity volleyball team smoked the Fillies Thursday in Wolverine Gym.
See a trend?
Playing before a large and supportive student body during its Homecoming week, the Riverton Lady Wolverines varsity spikers put the hammer on the NC Fillies 25-19, 23-25, 25-10, 25-16 Thursday evening and moved their Class 4-A West conference record to an even 3-3. The win sets up an important home matchup Saturday, when Riverton hosts the conference-leading Evanston Lady Red Devils, currently the third-ranked team in Wyoming and undefeated in conference play.
Saturday's 2 p.m. in match Wolverine Gym also will be Riverton's senior day.
Playing well Thursday, senior Ashley Lynott led the way Thursday for the Lady Wolverines with a team-high 14 kills.
The 5-foot-7 outside hitter had no trouble hitting past NC's tall front line that went as tall as 6-4.
"It's a testament to our hitters. They were ready to play tonight. We started really well today. One of the biggest challenges in volleyball is to play to your potential 100 percent of the time. We fought for every point, and that was fun," head coach Adrian McNamee said.
Bree Olson, Kiley Ridgway and Amy Woodward each added six kills for Riverton. Kylee Trees snapped six service aces for the Lady Wolverines. Kristen Bailey had 20 assists and Miranda Hosking added 14 assists. Lynott and Olson had double-digit digs with 20 and 11, respectively, to lead Riverton's defense.
"I kinda started smiling during warmups. I knew it was going to be a good game for us. Things were firing on all cylinders even with all of the distraction and fun of Homecoming week," McNamee said. Junior Haley Snell put an exclamation point on the evening when her cross-court smash sealed the match for Riverton.
The Lady Wolverines will have to maintain that focus Saturday when they host Evanston, which predominantly likes to attack with their outside hitters, according to McNamee. "Their outsides are good and are big swingers. In looking at the stats, all they do is the outside," McNamee said.
There is no admission charge for Saturday's match, and McNamee hopes the fan support for the Evanston match will be there again Saturday.
"Our fans tonight were awesome and were a key to us in playing so well. We can't thank them enough," McNamee said.
4-A West: (Overall, Conference)
Evanston: 12-5, 5-0
Kelly Walsh: 14-9, 4-2
Rock Springs: 11-8, 2-2
Riverton: 9-11, 3-3
Green River: 8-14, 1-4
Natrona: 7-16, 1-5
4A East: (Overall, Conference)
Gillette: 18-4, 5-0
East: 19-5, 4-1
Central: 13-10, 2-2
Sheridan: 8-9, 2-3
Laramie: 12-10, 1-4
South: 1-16, 0-4
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