Oct 19, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterWith a four-set road win over the Rock Springs Tigers on Friday night (25-21, 29-27, 23-25, 25-23), the Riverton Wolverines volleyball team clinched a second-place finish in the Class 4-A West conference and gained an automatic berth to the state high school volleyball tournament.
"Riverton wins in 4! We are going to state!" an elated RHS head coach Adrian McNamee wrote in a text message Friday.
In the victory, the Wolverines gained a bit of revenge against Rock Springs who beat them twice during the Class 4-A West regional tournament last year and prevented the Wolverines from making it to the state tournament.
Riverton will host the Class 4-A West tournament Friday but won't have to play until noon Saturday when four remaining teams will battle for seeding to the state tournament. Kelly Walsh, the conference champion, also has earned a state tournament berth.
Casper Natrona, Evanston, Rock Springs and Green River will battle Friday in Wolverine Gym with the top two teams advancing to play Riverton and Kelly Walsh in Saturday's seeding bracket.
Because the regional volleyball tournament is a Wyoming High School Activities Association event, there will be an admission charge to the matches in Wolverine Gym.
"It is an exciting time right now," McNamee said Friday. "In Rock Springs, Sydney Lynott had a bunch of digs for us, Hailey Snell had the winning kill for us and Kenisha Muehler hit to the right side with so much aggression and power. It was a good team effort tonight."
Kaitlin Koehn had five aces Friday and Courtney Olson and Brooklenn Thompson each added four aces. Kiley Ridgway had 18 kills, Jensyn Pettit added 16, Snell had 14 and Muehler added 10.
Ridgway had six blocks and Muehler added four.
"With the rest of the state being young, I knew we had a chance if we worked," McNamee said. "And this team has stepped up and done that."
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