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RHS makes top bracket in Gillette VB event

Sep 9, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The Lady Wolverines have their debut in Wolverine Gym at 6 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 12, at Rock Springs.

The Riverton Lady Wolverines won two and lost one in pool play but advanced to Saturday's top gold bracket division of the Camel Invitational volleyball tournament in Gillette.

Riverton opened pool play with a three-set win over Cheyenne East (25-18, 22-25, 25-15), a three-set loss to Rawlins (17-25, 25-22, 25-23), and a two-set win over Buffalo (25-19, 25-19).

"Overall I would have liked to have beaten Rawlins, but they ended up first in our pool. The Outlaws are scrappy and are a Class 3-A favorite. They throw that ball back at you. We'll hit it, and they will dig it back up," RHS head coach Adrian McNamee said.

Saturday, the Lady Wolverines took the eighth seed in the gold bracket and competed with Rawlins, Douglas, Casper Natrona, Kelly Walsh, Rapid City Stevens, Gillette and Sheridan.

In their first bracket match Saturday morning, Riverton topped Douglas, the other Class 3-A power at the tournament, 2-1 (21-25, 27-25, 25-20). Kiley Ridgway led the way with 12 kills, and Haley Snell added two service aces. Brooklenn Thompson had 15 digs. Ridgway added six blocks.

In the gold bracket semifinal match Saturday evening, a very strong Gillette team topped Riverton 2-0 (25-12, 25-18).

"Gillette is the team to beat in Class 4-A right now. They dominated us," McNamee said.

Ridgway and Jensyn Pettit had five and four kill,s respectively. Olson had eight assists and Koehn added seven assists. Snell had 10 digs in the match, and Ridgway also had six blocks.

In Saturday night's match, Riverton lost 2-0 to Rapid City Stevens to finish the tournament in fourth place. Scores were 25-14, 25-13.

"We had moments where we did a lot of good, things, but we also had a lot of moments where we learned what we need to improve," McNamee said Saturday.

The Lady Wolverines will have their home debut in Wolverine Gym at 6 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 12, vs. Rock Springs.

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