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Cougar spikers down Dubois, Lady Chiefs

Oct 10, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Wind River hosts archrival Shoshoni Thursday night in Pavillion.

Wind River swept a pair of volleyball opponents over the weekend to set up a rematch with Shoshoni High School Thursday night in Pavillion.

The Class 2-A Lady Cougars swept 1-A Dubois 25-13, 25-21, 25-19 Oct. 4 in an interclass battle. Wind River defeated Wyoming Indian 25-12, 25-20, 25-5, Friday night.

"The girls played very well against the Lady Rams," Wind River volleyball coach Troi Larsen said. "Like every team, they still have some things they need to work on, but for the most part they played great,"

Wind River's Bailey Wilson had eight kills and five blocks vs. the Lady Rams.

"For the most part they all played really well," Larsen said. "Bailey did a great job at the net blocking and putting the ball down."

Macayla Arrington finished with seven kills, four blocks and six digs.

"Macayla is always a huge part of Wind River's success," Larsen said.

Darlee Hyatt recorded two kills and three blocks.

Aspen Stagner also contributed in the win.

"Aspen played great all over and had a lot of kills for the team," Larsen said. "Aspen is a very smart player and is always able to make a play happen when needed."

Tori Thoman had 11 digs from the back row. Thoman is the libero for WRHS. Kali Keene had 23 assists.

"Tori is the main factor in winning games for the Cougars," Larsen said. "Without a good defense, you can't have an offense."

Dubois is fighting for a high seed for the Class 1-A West regional tournament next weekend in Lander.

"I think that Dubois is a great 1-A team," Larsen said. "I think that Dubois will make it to state and be a good contender there."

Larsen likes the way her bench is playing near the end of the regular season.

"The bench is great," Larsen said. "All of the girls see the court at some point during the match. I can count on any of the girls at all times to go in and play well for the team."

The Lady Cougars will aim to pull off the upset on Thursday night vs. top-ranked Shoshoni. The varsity match begins at 5:30 p.m.

In the first meeting of the season, the Lady Blue beat WRHS 25-17, 23-25, 25-19. 25-9 in Shoshoni.

"Passing is always something that every team can get better at," Larsen said.

"But other than that, I think that mostly the girls just need to work on their confidence."

SHS locked up a No. 1 seed for the Class 2-A West regional title by sweeping Wyoming Indian Tuesday night.