Riverton staggers Gillette in 4-A tourney opener, but top-seeded Camels surviveNov 1, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
CASPER -- Shock waves were sent throughout the Casper Events when the Riverton Wolverines had the Gillette Lady Camels on the ropes in the opening round of the state volleyball tournament.
However, the Lady Camels found another gear to outlast the Wolverines 25-11, 12-25, 17-25, 25-22, 15-7, Thursday afternoon at the Casper Events Center in the most exciting match of the day in the Class 4-A bracket.
RHS is the No. 4 seed from the West tournament after going 0-2 at the regional tournament last weekend at Wolverine Gym.
The win lifted Gillette into the semifinal round Friday afternoon vs. Cheyenne Central.
Central defeated Kelly Walsh 19-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-16, in the other opening round match.
Riverton and Kelly Walsh played in a consolation match Friday afternoon.
The best the Wolverines can now finish is third in the double-elimination tournament.
Gillette 3, Riverton 2
Gillette was all over RHS in the opening set of the match Thursday, building a 16-5 lead and cruising to the win.
In the second set, the Wolverines came back strong in all areas of the game.
Haley Snell and Jensyn Pettit controlled the front line. Kaitlin Koehn and Courtney Olsen were passing accurately, setting up scoring chances.
The Wolverines made the scoreboard read 20-10 and went on to tie the match score at 1-1.
RHS kept it going in the third set, taking a 21-10 lead on a Pettit kill.
Gillette went on a 4-0 run to force the Wolverines into a timeout.
The timeout was a good call by RHS coach Adrian McNamee, as the Wolverines went on for the 25-17 victory.
In the fourth set, Gillette and RHS were tied at 14-14.
Gillette had the breathing room at 23-21 before taking the three-point win. Gillette is a team with eight seniors on the roster. The two seniors for Riverton are Snell and Koehn.
With the match on the line, the Lady Camels took a 3-2 lead, and the teams were tied at 4-4 and 6-6. Gillette went up 8-6 and 11-7.
The Lady Camels ended the game on a 4-0 run to take the heartbreaking win from the Wolverines.
Class 4-A state tournament
(No. 1 seed/East) Gillette 3 (No. 4 seed/West) Riverton 2 (25-11, 12-25, 17-25, 25-22, 15-7)
(No. 3 seed/East) Central3 (No. 2 seed/West) Kelly Walsh 1 (19-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-16)
(No. 2 seed/East) East 3 (No. 3 seed/West) Evanston 1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-16)
(No. 1 seed/West) Natrona 3 (No. 4 seed/East) Laramie 0 (25-13, 27-25, 25-19)
Riverton vs. Kelly Walsh
Evanston vs. Laramie
Gillette vs. Central - 4:30 p.m.
East vs. Natrona - 6 p.m.
Evanston/Laramie winner vs. Gillette/Central loser - 9am LOSER OUT
Riverton/Kelly Walsh winner vs. East/Natrona loser - 10:30am LOSER OUT
9am winner vs. 10:30am winner - 2 p.m. 3rd Place
Gillette/Central winner vs. East/Natrona winner - 4 p.m. Championship