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Two RHS spikers named all-state volleyball

Nov 7, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Juniors Kiley Ridgway and Jensyn Pettit earned the distinction, and Ridgway is the West 4-A player of the year as well.

Tabbed as the Wyoming Class 4-A West player of the year, Kiley Ridgway headlines a group of Riverton Lady Wolverine volleyball players who have received postseason honors.

Ridgway, a 6-foot junior, led the Lady Wolverines in kills and blocks and also has been named to the Class 4-A all-state first team along with teammate Jensyn Pettit, another junior.

Both Ridgway and Pettit also were named as first team Class 4-A West picks, along with senior setter Kaitlin Koehn.

Outside hitter Haley Snell, with 254 kills, and defensive specialist Sydney Lynott, with 343, digs received Class 4-A West honorable mention honors.

The Lady Wolverines finished the year in second place after the Class 4-A West regular season, placed fourth at their regional tournament in Riverton, and then lost a heartbreaking five set first-round match to Gillette before rebounding and placing fourth at last week's Class 4-A state tournament in Casper.

"I was really happy with how we played. We played great. We played together and communicated. It was fun to play. It was tough to know that we were not going to be in the championship, but I knew we would continue to play well," Ridgway said.

Ridgway, who hopes to play volleyball in college, finished the season with 378 kills and 178 blocks, both team bests for the Lady Wolverines.

She thought her defensive play was where she made the most progress.

"I think I improved on my back row a lot. It has always been hard to teach myself to dive for balls, but I hope to keep improving on that, because I do enjoy playing back row," Ridgway said.

And RHS head coach Adrian McNamee agreed.

"Her defense and all-around mentality as a player stepped up. She is a competitor. Every day in practice she was pushing herself and her team to get better. She is an athlete who truly wants her team to get better," McNamee said.

Pettit, who plays the middle along with Ridgway for the Lady Wolverines, ended the season with 253 kills and 102 blocks.

"She started off the looking like a baby deer, shaky to start, but by the end of the year she got stronger and more aggressive. Her blocking stepped up a ton. I look at the state tournament, and there were not a lot of hitters that were getting around her that weekend," McNamee said.

Setter Koehn finished the season with 699 assists and was Riverton's emotional leader.

"I knew where we were going as a team watching Kaitlin play. When she was having fun, you could see the whole team go at ease, and we played better that way. She provided our emotional spark," McNamee said.

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