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RHS gets conference volleyball victory

RHS gets conference volleyball victory

Oct 4, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

In a match interrupted by a power outage, Riverton downed Casper Natrona in a five-set cliffhanger.

The atmosphere was electric, and it became even more so when the power went out.

But bad weather that caused blips in the power grid Thursday did not stop the Riverton Lady Wolverines from completing a Class 4-A West conference sweep of the Casper Natrona Fillies at Wolverine Gym.

Riverton won the match 3-2 (20-25, 26-24, 25-20, 20-25, 16-14).

"This was a huge win. I didn't tell the girls before the match how big this game was, but this was a huge win," Lady Wolverine head coach Adrian McNamee said.

Riverton, currently ranked fifth in statewide media polling, travels to unranked Evanston Saturday for a 2 p.m. Class 4-A West conference match against the Lady Red Devils, a team Riverton has yet to see this season.

As had been their modus operandi, the Lady Wolverines started slow on Thursday, falling behind 7-1 in their first set before Courtney Olson smacked two service aces and Jensyn Pettit registered a kill that tied the game at 16-16.

The teams played close throughout, but just like their first match in Casper, it took five sets to settle things Thursday.

In the final set, both teams traded points early, but NC had a mini-run off two Lady Wolverine mistakes, and Riverton called a timeout down 7-4.

But Riverton fought back. Haley Snell, who sat out Riverton's first match with the Fillies because of an injury, drilled a kill off the head of an NC player, and Kaitlin Koehn and Brooklenn Thompson added kills to pull Riverton within one.

Sydney Lynott served Riverton to a 9-9 tie and was just about ready to serve again when the power failed in Wolverine Gym.

"I was thinking, heck, we just got the momentum back. You can't plan for that. There is no drill in practice that you can do. To their credit, I didn't have to tell our girls to get moving. They were ready to go," McNamee said.

After about 10 minutes, the sodium lights had regenerated, and the loud, supportive crowd that McNamee said was, "awesome," watched the two teams trade points in an exciting finish.

Kiley Ridgway's kill made it 12-12, and Kenisha Muehler's kill tied the score again at 13-13.

Then it was Snell, one of Riverton's two seniors, who put the hammer down on NC with two kills and a tip to seal the win.

"I liked the fact that we stayed aggressive, except at the end of the fourth game. We let that one slip away," McNamee said.

Kiley Ridgway, who was double- and triple-blocked most of the night, had 17 kills, and Snell added 15. Olson finished the match with four service aces, and Koehn had 31 assists. Ridgway and Thompson had 19 digs, and Kirstee Trees added 15 digs. Ridgway had five blocks. Muehler added four blocks.

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