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Riverton opens home VB season with win
Sep 13, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
The Wolverines took down the Rock Springs Tigers in four sets on Thursday night.
After a pregame injury to senior Haley Snell, who has developed into a major front-line force for the Riverton Lady Wolverines volleyball team, RHS dropped the first set to Rock Springs but stormed back to win the next three (26-28, 25-12, 25-18, 25-20) and grab its first conference win of the season Thursday evening at Wolverine Gym.
Riverton (6-7, 1-1 Class 4-A West) will have the weekend off before resuming conference play next week with three matches -- on the road Tuesday at Green River, home Friday against Casper Kelly Walsh, and on the road again Saturday at Casper Natrona.
The injury to Snell Friday, a rolled ankle during warmups, did not hamper the senior's desire to play, but when it was apparent she could not continue, Riverton had to make changes.
"It caught us off guard, especially that close to game time. She tried to go, but couldn't really wobble much. I give her a lot of credit. She looked at me and said, 'I'll be fine. I'll be fine.' Finally I had to grab her. She's about a week to two weeks out now," RHS head coach Adrian McNamee said.
But Riverton had a plan, substituted junior Jacee Shultz, and went to work.
"When Haley got hurt, my coaches (Justin Taylor and Trista Day) came around me and started throwing out options. The support and heads of our great assistant coaches helped tremendously. Without their support tonight, I'm not sure it would have been as good of an outcome," McNamee said.
Riverton was leading 16-14 when Snell was subbed out of the first set. After a Kiley Ridgway kill, RHS was serving for the win at 24-23 but couldn't hang on to game one.
After the first-set loss, the Lady Wolverines never trailed Rock Springs, which had three left-handed starters and no seniors on the roster.
Courtney Olson had six important service aces during the match, and sophomore Brooklenn Thompson added three.
Ridgway led RHS with 17 kills, and sophomore Jensyn Pettit and Thompson added 10 kills. Setter Kaitlin Koehn had 28 assists, and Olson added 16. Sydney Lynott had 16 digs, and Ridgway had 15. Ridgway had six blocks, and Shultz added four blocks.
Rock Springs 28 12 18 20 -- 1
Riverton 26 25 25 25 -- 3