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RHS draws Rock Springs to open VB regional

Oct 18, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Top seeds Evanston (9-1) and Casper Kelly Walsh (8-2) have received automatic state tournament berths and will play the two survivors from Friday's play-in matches for seedings on Saturday.

With regular-season play already just a memory, the Riverton Lady Wolverines are now focused on the Class 4-A West regional volleyball tournament that will be held in Rock Springs beginning Friday.

The third-seeded Lady Wolverines (5-5 Class 4-A West) must win two matches Friday to advance to Saturday play and qualify for the state volleyball tournament in Casper beginning Thursday, Oct. 25.

Up first for Riverton is a match against the sixth-seeded Rock Springs Lady Tigers (1-9 Class 4-A West) at 11 a.m. Green River (3-7), seeded fourth, will play fifth-seeded Casper Natrona (3-7) at 1 p.m.

Top seeds Evanston (9-1) and Casper Kelly Walsh (8-2) have received automatic state tournament berths and will play the two survivors from from Friday's play-in matches for seeding on Saturday.

Evanston had its bid of a perfect conference season interrupted by Kelly Walsh last Saturday in a three-set sweep, 25-18, 26-24, 25-21.

The Lady Wolverines are coming off a five-set win a week ago at Rock Springs but also recall that they lost to the Lady Tigers in four sets at home in Wolverine Gym earlier this year

"I'm feeling good. I think the girls are confident. There is a belief that we can get the job done," RHS head volleyball coach Adrian McNamee said.

In their first match, the Lady Wolverines again will see a team in Rock Springs that is scrappy, can get to a lot of balls, and frustrate hitters.

"They are not a team that will overpower. They will wait for you to hit into the net or hit out of bounds. If we do that, they will capitalize on it," McNamee said.

Should Riverton win, it would will play the winner of the Green River - Natrona match at 4:30 p.m. A loss will have the Lady Wolverines playing the loser of the Green River - Natrona match at 6:30 p.m.

Either way, the Lady Wolverines will know whether they will have secured a state tournament bid by Friday evening.

"We have to win two before we lose two," McNamee said.

For the regional tournament, McNamee will stay primarily with her varsity lineup that includes Kristen Bailey, Ashley Lynott, Bree Olson, Kiley Ridgway, Haley Snell, Amy Woodward, Miranda Hosking, Baylee Stafford and Kylee Trees.

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