Oct 24, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterThe Riverton Wolverines have a first-round bye and don't play until noon Saturday in the semifinals. The top four teams from regionals make the state tournament next week in Casper.
Four teams will battle for two state tournament slots Friday and the right to battle Riverton and Kelly Walsh Saturday as the Class 4-A West regional volleyball tournament begins Friday at Riverton High School.
Third seed Casper Natrona will challenge sixth seed Green River at 11 a.m. Friday to open the tournament, and fourth seed Evanston will play fifth seed Rock Springs at 1 p.m. in the other first-round game.
The top survivor from Friday will have the third seed in Saturday's bracket and will play Riverton, the second seed, at noon Saturday. The other survivor from Friday will play Kelly Walsh, the top seed, at 10 a.m. Saturday. Both Riverton and Kelly Walsh have qualified for the state tournament already.
The Lady Wolverines will suit 12 players for the regional tournament, including seniors Haley Snell and Kaitlin Koehn; juniors Kiley Ridgway, Courtney Olson, Sydney Lynott, Jensyn Pettit, Kirstee Trees, Kenisha Muehler and Jacee Shultz; and sophomores Brooklenn Thompson, Jill Smartt and Sierra Hernandez.
"OK. We've qualified. We get that. But now we want a good seed for state. The girls are still working hard, and the key for us will be working hard, working as a team and communication. If we work hard this week, and stay aggressive, we'll be just fine. I don't think we have played our best games yet," RHS head coach Adrian McNamee said.
All games will be played in Wolverine Gym. Because the tournament is a Wyoming High School Activities Association event, there is a $4 admission charge for adults Friday and a $3 student charge. Saturday's prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Fans can purchase passes for both days for $9 for adults and $6 for students. Students must show school identification to get the student rate.
The state tournament begins Thursday, Oct. 31, in Casper.
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