tame two ‘Cats,
target SCIC task
League tourney starts Saturday
The Wood River High School volleyball
machine kept clicking on all cylinders Thursday, and the next step is the
Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference (SCIC) league tournament.
Coach Tim Richards’ Wolverines (24-9
overall, 8-0 league) clinched the regular-season SCIC title with an easy 25-13,
25-10, 25-15 home victory over the Filer Wildcats Thursday in Hailey.
Later Thursday evening, Wood River (11-2
home) completed its sweep of two visiting ‘Cats with a convincing 25-6, 25-18,
25-15 non-conference triumph over the Burley Bobcats.
Wood River, which hosted Jerome and Declo
Tuesday for its "Senior Night," is accustomed to sweeps this season. Eleven
times, the Wolverines have played best three-of-five matches, and they’ve swept
nine of those.
The Filer match was a good example of Wood
It was 10-10 in the first game when Charli
Lindley (a team-high 13 serves plus 7 kills on 13 attempts) stepped to the
service line and ripped off five winners. Jessica King (17 serves, 8 kills on 17
attempts, 2 blocks) maintained the pressure and Hailey breezed 25-13.
Eight service winners by Liz Rippon (15
serves with 2 aces, 4 kills, 2 blocks) got Wood River off to a strong start in
the 25-10 second-game rout. Rippon added five kills in the 25-15 third-game
For the match, Wood River had 33 kills on
77 attempts. Natalie Green (2 blocks, 5 serves) led the attack with nine kills
on 17 attempts. Other contributors were Rachael Richards (9 assists, 11 serves,
3 kills), Emily Smith (9 assists, 2 kills) and Hannah Richards (7 serves with 2
The Wolverines were likewise dominant
against 4A Burley. They outpointed the Bobcats 75-39 and were never seriously
Kills—Jessica King 12 on 18
attempts with no errors, Natalie Green 7, Liz Rippon 4 and Emily Smith 4.
Blocks—Rippon 4, Green 4, Lindley 3, King 3 and Smith 2. Assists—Rachael
Richards 10 and Smith 9.
Serves—Rachael Richards 14, Green
13 with 2 aces, Rippon 10, King 8, Smith 8, Lindley 7 with 3 aces and Ryann
Wood River’s next goal is to win the
upcoming SCIC tournament and qualify for the State 3A tourney in Coeur d’Alene
Oct. 31 as the top-seeded team from the Fourth District.
The Wolverines get a cushy ride through
the double elimination tournament, starting with a match against #6-seeded
Kimberly Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. at Kimberly. The winner of that match
waits until Tuesday, Oct. 22 for the other teams to duke it out.
Championship match is Wednesday, Oct. 23
at 6:30 p.m. at Kimberly. The finalist teams both earn berths to the State 3A
tournament. But much will be riding on Wednesday’s title match because of state
For instance, the SCIC champion will have
its opening state match against the playoff-determined runner-up team from the
First, Second and Third districts. The SCIC runner-up will meet the Fifth
District champion, usually the stronghold of volleyball powers Preston and Bear
The Wolverines have won three straight
SCIC tournament titles and boast of eight league volleyball championships in
nine years. But this is Hailey’s last year competing at the 3A level. They move
to 4A next fall.