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Riverton powers past Lander on volleyball court

Oct 10, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

It's the only time the two Fremont County volleyball teams will meet this season. The Wolverines play at Rock Springs on Friday.

A big crowd, loud cheering and a competitive early match provided the ingredients for a good Riverton-Lander volleyball showdown Tuesday night at Wolverine Gym in Riverton.

After two sets, the cross-county rivals were tied at a game apiece. But in game three, the Lady Wolverines, playing in orange jerseys and fund-raising to support leukemia research, adjusted to the Lady Tigers off-speed, tipping style and won the non-conference match in four sets 25-13, 23-25, 25-16, 25-11.

It's the only time the two teams will meet this season.

"I saw this match as a scrimmage. It's better than a practice," LVHS head coach Anndee Meyer said.

Riverton Lady Wolverine head coach Adrian McNamee saw things a bit differently, and judging from the intensity displayed by the fans, they did too.

"This was more than a scrimmage. You don't get the intensity from the fans and the girls at a scrimmage.

"The Lander-Riverton game is never a scrimmage," McNamee said.

The Wolverines started quick Tuesday and, with Bree Olson serving, rattled off four consecutive points to go up 19-7 in the first game.

The Lady Wolverines stumbled a bit in game two and were down 15-7 and 17-10 before Olson served three straight aces, Kristen Bailey drilled one of her game-high 13 kills, and Ashley Lynott smashed one of her 12 kills to knot the score at 19-19.

Lynott registered another kill to put the Wolverines up 23-21, but Lander scored the last four points for its only set win.

Games three and four were all Lady Wolverine.

"We have to work on limiting our own errors so we don't beat ourselves," Meyer said after the match.

The Tigers will now jump back into conference play Thursday night with a key league home match against Cody.

"This will determine if we end up tied for first in the conference or in third.

It's Black Out night, and we hope everyone comes out to support us," Meyer said.

The varsity match is set to begin at 6 p.m. and follows sub-varsity games.

Riverton travels to Rock Springs Friday for its final regular season match.

Tuesday night's match was played in honor of Riverton second-grader Rahne, Hall who practiced with the team Monday and was at Tuesday's match. She is battling leukemia.

In between games, items were auctioned to help the Hall family.

"It was very eye-opening for us and showed what this game means," McNamee said as the Lady Wolverines presented Hall with a game ball.

Kills -- Kristen Bailey 13, Ashley Lynott 12, Kiley Ridgway 8.

Assists -- Kristen Bailey 19, Miranda Hosking 13.

Blocks -- Kiley Ridgway 3, Bree Olson 3, Haley Snell 2, Kristen Bailey 2.

Digs -- Kiley Ridgway 22, Bree Olson 11, Baylee Stafford 10.

Ace serves -- Bree-Olson 5, Ashley Lynott 4, Baylee Stafford 2.

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