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Riverton spikers get Gillette to open state 4-A volleyball tourney

Oct 30, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The Riverton Lady Wolverines took last Sunday to put their two weekend regional tournament losses behind them and came to practice Monday ready to work. Now it's on the the state high school volleyball tournament in Casper with a Thursday first-round match against Gillette, the top seed from the Class 4-A East.

Game time is set for 2 p.m. at the Casper Events Center.

"By the time Monday came around, they were ready to go. They were hashing out game plans on what they need to do. It was fun to watch," RHS head coach Adrian McNamee said.

Riverton enters the tournament as the fourth seed from the Class 4-A West. Their first-round match is the first match of the tournament.

After the Riverton/Gillette match, Cheyenne Central (3E) plays Casper Kelly Walsh (2W), Evanston (3W) takes on Cheyenne East (2E), and Laramie (4E) will match up against Casper Natrona (1W).

If the Wolverines advance in the championship bracket, they will play the winner of the Cheyenne Central/Kelly Walsh match Friday at 4:30 p.m. A first-round loss will pit Riverton against the loser of the Central/KW match at 1 p.m. Friday.

"Number one, we have to serve them out of system. We have to make the move on serve-receive. We have to be able to block well and we can't give them free balls. We have to make them move defensively," McNamee said of her team's first-round match against the Lady Camels.

Gillette, the regular season Class 4-A East champion, won a thrilling five-set match against Cheyenne East after dominating Laramie 3-0 to claim the Class 4-A East tournament championship.

The Lady Wolverines finished second in the Class 4-A West regular season, but slipped to fourth place in their tournament with a 3-1 loss to Casper Natrona and a 3-1 loss to Evanston.

"There is more of a tendency at state to do more than you need to. I think everybody at state goes like, 'we want to go big and hard' and get everything. We'll see how our team does," McNamee said.

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