Riverton spikers earn two wins at season-opening tournament

Sep 3, 2013 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The Riverton Lady Wolverines volleyball team had a competitive start to the season Friday and Saturday in Cheyenne during round-robin play at the McDonald's Invitational volleyball tournament.

The Lady Wolverines ended the tournament with a 2-3 overall record, but head coach Adrian McNamee liked what she saw, even though it's early in the season.

"I think we did OK overall. I felt like we improved every game. We got better. I really like that," McNamee said.

RHS started Friday with a two-game loss to Sheridan 27-25, 25-15. Jensyn Pettit had six kills for Riverton, Kiley Ridgway added five kills, and Courtney Olson had two service aces. Kaitlin Koehn had seven assists, and Haley Snell had six digs. Ridgway added six blocks.

In their second tournament match, RHS fell to Cheyenne East 25-20, 25-22. Koehn scored four aces for Riverton, and Snell had seven kills in the match. Sydney Lynott led the Lady Wolverines with eight digs, and Ridgway had six blocks.

Riverton registered its first win of the young season Friday night against Laramie 22-25, 25-19, 15-12. Ridgway and sophomore Brooklenn Thompson registered two aces, and Ridgway had 10 kills. Koehn had double-digit assists with 10.

Saturday, the Lady Wolverines looked strong with a two-set win over Cheyenne Central, 25-20, 25-23.

Ridgway had three aces and eight kills, Koehn had eight assists, and Pettit had three blocks.

In their final tournament match, the Wolverines fell in three sets to Casper Kelly Walsh 25-17, 21-25, 5-15.

"The first game (against KW) we did some really good stuff. The second game we just needed to get out of our own way and let ourselves win," McNamee said.

Snell and Thompson had solid games with five and four service aces, respectively. Pettit and Ridgway had four kills each, Koehn had six assists, and Ridgway and Snell each had nine digs. Kenisha Muehler added four blocks.

"I think Kiley Ridgway is going to be a force for us. That's no surprise after the season she had last year. I feel like Kaitlin Koehn did well for us too. I think her leadership on the court was good. She did a good job leading the team and saying, 'Calm down, we've got the next one,' whether it was her mistake or someones else's. She kind of pushed the team and made them play when we needed to. I was happy to see that from her," McNamee said.

Up next for the Wolverines is a 5 p.m. Thursday conference match at Kelly Walsh and another Friday-Saturday tournament on the road, this time in Gillette.

Cheyenne McDonald's Invitational

Sheridan (2), Riverton (0) 27-25, 25-15; Cheyenne East (2), Riverton (0)25-20, 25-22; Riverton (2), Laramie (1) 22-25, 25-19, 15-12; Riverton (2), Cheyenne Central (0) 25-20, 25-23; Kelly Walsh (2), Riverton (1) 17-25, 25-21, 15-5.

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