Sep 22, 2013 - Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterCASPER -- The Riverton Lady Wolverines volleyball team bounced back from a quick three-set loss (25-16, 25-21, 25-20) at home Friday against conference-leading Casper Kelly Walsh to top the Casper Natrona Fillies in five sets (25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 21-25, 15-12) Saturday afternoon on the road in Casper.
The weekend split leaves Riverton (3-2, Class 4-A West) tied for second with the Fillies in conference standings.
"Last night we came out against Kelly Walsh going 'I hope it's close. I hope we win. I hope we don't screw up too bad.' We came out against NC, Rock Springs and Green River, whether we have Hailey (Snell, who is injured) or not, thinking we know it will be close, but we know we will win. That was the difference in mentality," RHS head coach Adrian McNamee said.
RHS jumped out to a quick two-set lead Saturday but lost games three and four to force a fifth game.
In the deciding set, the Lady Wolverines pulled to 5-6 when Kenisha Muehler hit from the back row tipped the net for a winner.
But RHS fell behind again at 5-8 before the final comeback started behind the serving of Brooklenn Thompson and Sydney Lynott, plus and the front-line play of Kiley Ridgway.
Ridgway tipped a perfect ball over the NC defense to knot the score at 9-9, blocked to give Riverton an 11-9 lead, and had two huge hits to silence the NC crowd on Jerry Dalton Court and give the match to the Lady Wolverines.
"During the last timeout, I looked at them and said, 'These are fun games. These are the games you know are going to be close, but in the end, deep down inside, you know you will win,'" McNamee said.
Saturday, Ridgway led Riverton with 27 kills and Muehler added 10 kills. Kaitlin Koehn had 35 assists, and Courtney Olson added 17 assists. Lynott and Thompson had 26 and 13 digs, respectively.
Against KW, Ridgway had 11 kills, and Jensyn Pettit had nine kills.
Ridgway had nine blocks, and Koehn had seven blocks.
Up next for Riverton is a return trip to Casper for a Thursday match against Cheyenne Central and Friday and Saturday for the multi-class Casper Invitational at the Casper Events Center.
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