Aug 29, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterRiverton now shares the season-opening McDonald's Invitational with Cheyenne, hosting every other year.
The Riverton Lady Wolverines volleyball team will begin the season just as it has for many years, with the McDonald's Invitational Volleyball tournament.
But it's an entirely different McDonald's tournament, and it won't be in the friendly confines of Wolverine Gym as it was for more than a decade.
This year, the competition also has been upped a notch or two.
RHS will travel Friday to Cheyenne to play Sheridan, Cheyenne East, Cheyenne Central, Casper Kelly Walsh and Laramie in a two-day round-robin tournament. Cheyenne South, Casper Natrona and Rock Springs also will be at the tournament but won't play the Lady Wolverines because of the fixed-bracket format.
Riverton High School plans to alternate with Cheyenne to host the McDonald's tournament every other year with Class 4-A competition. In past seasons, Riverton has hosted a season-opening tournament, but the field gradually evolved into Class 2-A and Class 3-A competition as more 4-A school opted to compete elsewhere.
This year it's the big schools, right out of the gate.
"I want to see where we are right now after nine practices. It will be a good way for us to measure where we are with the competition we will face this season," RHS head coach Adrian McNamee said.
The Lady Wolverines will adjust their lineups and have not finalized a starting six. Riverton will travel with just two seniors, Hailey Snell and Kaitlin Koehn. 2012 Class 4-A West all-conference performer Kiley Ridgway, a junior, also returns.
"We've go a lot of players who are talented at many positions. Now it's trying to figure out which six should be in which spots to be the most the most beneficial for us," McNamee said.
The Lady Wolverines feel like they have made progress in their first two weeks of practice but aren't completely sure what the transition to competition will bring.
"We've go them in shape, and our footwork is better. We are passing better. It's hard to say if we've improved, but we are in the mind set that it is season time, and it's time to bring the intensity every single day," McNamee said.
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