Oct 15, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorSeniors Hailey Snell and Kaitlin Koehn had never lost to the Lander Tigers in a varsity volleyball game while playing for the Riverton Wolverines coming into this year's match.
They made it three in a row on Monday.
The Wolverines outlasted the Tigers 27-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-15, for the victory at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse in Lander.
The match was the only meeting of the season between the two Fremont County schools.
"It was great," Snell said. "I love beating Lander. The first two games were pretty close. They kind of scared us, but we were fine. We got it together."
Koehn is the setter for the Wolverines. Snell does her damage in the front row.
"The seniors played hard," RHS coach Adrian McNamee said. "They always do. I don't think that it's just against Lander or whoever. They just play hard every single time. These are two girls who get after it."
The Wolverines were a little fatigued Monday night after beating Green River on Friday night and Evanston on Saturday afternoon.
The match with Evanston went five sets.
"Playing three days (out of four) is tough," McNamee said. "I give a lot of credit to Lander. They are scrappy. They sent us some good stuff. We just didn't know when the ball was coming over or where it was going to go. They kept us on our toes."
Riverton 3, Lander 1
The Tigers pushed the Wolverines to the limit in the first two sets. In the first, the contest went back-and-forth all the way to the end.
RHS broke a 25-25 tie by scoring the last two points for the win.
"We just have to stick with what works for us," McNamee said. "That is being aggressive and communication. If we can do those two things, then we will win a lot."
The second set was the same kind of story. The Wolverines could never pull away from the Tigers until the later stages.
"The gym has a great atmosphere," McNamee said. "We kind of struggled on the court for awhile."
The third set belonged to the Tigers. RHS was tied at 24-24 before the home team knocked in the final two points for the victory.
After the third set, McNamee inspired the Wolverines.
"I told them that it's time," McNamee said. "I told them to play with passion and heart."
The Wolverines controlled the fourth set from the start, taking an early lead and cruising to the win.
"We started talking more," Snell said. "We got more aggressive. We started pushing ourselves."
Big match Friday
The Wolverines close out the regular season Friday night in a pivotal Class 4-A West conference match in Rock Springs.
If the Wolverines win, RHS would be the No. 2 seed for the Class 4-A West regional tournament and automatic qualify for the state tournament.
"No matter what happens, we are in a good situation," McNamee said. "We have to learn how to make a mistake and just let it be one mistake. I think that if we can do that on Friday, then we will be good to go."
The Wolverines beat Rock Springs in four sets on Sept. 12 at Wolverine Gym.
"We just have to talk and communicate," Snell said.
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