IF consolation final
even try to figure out which two teams are going to emerge from the
Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference tournament Oct. 19-23 in Hailey and
qualify for the State 3A tourney.
new, unpredictable rally scoring format and the closeness of the six
SCIC teams, it’s parity, baby, and the only thing that will matter is
how you play on that particular night.
Green was a force at the net for Wood River last week. Express
photo by David N. Seelig
Buhl (9-2, 5-1 league) has the big boomers led by junior Jessica Brown
and senior Sherry King, but Filer (4-2 league) is always tough—and
Declo (3-3) is a wild card with two come-from-behind five-game wins at
Filer and Wood River.
Tim Richards’ Wood River Wolverines, the two-time defending SCIC
champs, played pretty well in a busy and challenging mid-season stretch
over the last week.
River (12-12, 4-2 league) recorded two SCIC victories—in four games
over Kimberly (3-8, 1-6) last Thursday in Hailey and in five over host
Gooding (5-5, 2-5) Monday. The final game went to 15-13 in Wood River’s
tight win over Gooding.
Kimberly home match, Jessica King led the way with 15 kills while
Natalie Green added 7 kills and 7 blocks. Aubrey Kirtley finished with
24 service points including 4 aces. Rachael Richards had 12 assists.
River jumped ahead in a big way in the opener. Kirtley served 9 straight
winners for a 10-1 Hailey lead. Rachael Richards added 4 serves and 4
assists in the 21-6 romp.
has one of the league’s best in 5-11 senior middle hitter Rachel
Bulcher—and she got revved up her excellent serving and hitting in the
21-18 Bulldog second-gamd win.
River, sparked by King’s 5 kills, Liz Rippon’s 6 service points and
Emily Smith’s 4 assists, led the whole way in the third game but
Kimberly sliced its deficit to 18-16. That’s when Charli Lindley made
a huge block and Smith a winning tip.
improved defense made it harder on Wood River in the fourth game as
well. The score was 19-19, but a long Bulldog serve gave it back to Wood
River and the match finished with a 21-19 fourth game.
kills) and Kirtley (4 service points) did the job in the finale. Syringa
Stark ended with 6 kills, Rippon 5 kills and Smith 5 kills. Rippon added
8 service points and Richards 6. Smith had 6 assists as well.
defeated the upset-minded Wolverines 21-13, 17-21, 21-16, 10-21, 15-11
last Tuesday with Brown drilling a total of 19 kills.
thought we should beaten Buhl," said Richards, acknowledging that
Buhl’s Brown and King are strong players. "In the long run a
balanced team like ours will beat team relying on one or two
River hosted Filer Tuesday night, travels to Highland of Pocatello
Thursday and goes to Jerome Oct. 9.
Richards is happy to have senior setter Whitney Richards back from her
"We’ve always been scrappy, playing everybody tough even though
we didn’t have our quarterback. Playing with setters who don’t have
much varsity experience, we just haven’t been able to run our quick
stuff. With Whitney, we can."
team seeded dead last in last weekend’s 12-team Hillcrest/Bonneville
tournament in Idaho Falls, Wood River made great strides.
River, benefiting greatly by the return of Whitney Richards, won four of
its six matches Saturday and went all the way to the consolation final
before falling to Rigby.
pool play determined whether a team would be in the championship or
consolation bracket for Saturday’s tournament—and Wood River dropped
three very tight matches to Idaho Falls, Bonneville and Cokeville (Wyo.)
matches could have gone either way," said coach Richards.
Wood River started quickly with a 21-16, 21-19 victory over Madison of
Rexburg. King (12 kills) and Green (7 kills, 3 blocks) sparked Hailey at
the net, and Whitney Richards had 10 service points.
downed Wood River 21-18, 21-19 in the next match, then the Wolverines
topped Skyline of Idaho
Falls 21-18, 21-16 behind the play of Green (12 service points), King (5
kills) and Smith (3 blocks).
Rippon did a nice job in the middle for us all day," Richards said.
River avenged its Friday defeat with a 21-17, 19-21, 15-6 win over
Cokeville. Excelling at the line were Whitney Richards (10 service
points), Green (9) and Lindley (5).
the biggest surprise was Wood River’s relatively easy 21-13, 21-13
over Century of Pocatello. Tough at the net were Green (6 kills),
Lindley (5) and King (4). Richards said, "Century thought they were
pretty good and we hammered them."