Members of the Wood River 18-and-under
and 16-and-under teams enjoy their trip to Reno for last weekís Volleyball
Festival. Courtesy photo
Spike festival a success for WR
Big Reno tournament
A select group of high school girls from
Wood River High School and the Twin Falls area spent last week in Reno, Nev.
competing in the 21st annual Volleyball Festival, a national elite tournament
for ages 12-18.
Over 850 teams consisting of more than
10,000 girls came from such states as California, N.Y., Texas, Alaska, Hawaii
and Florida, plus Canada and Puerto Rico. Format was best two-of-three games to
25, with a third game played to 15.
Wood Riverís 18-and-under team started its
play Sunday, June 26 and finished Thursday, June 30. The teamís final record was
6-10, good for 94th place. It was an improvement over last yearís effort at the
same tourney. The squad reached as high as 88th place.
On the 18 team were Jessica King, Liz
Rippon, Natalie Green, Rachael Richards, Whitney Bond of Twin Falls High School,
Lindsay Heimkes of Filer High School and Sara McDaniel of Oak Mountain High
School in Alabama.
Most of Wood Riverís games were within a
couple of points of a win, and many matches went to three games. Wood River
defeated California teams from Roseville, San Diego, Los Angeles, Oxnard,
Manhattan Beach and Glendora.
In the same tournament, the Wood River
16-and-under squad climbed as high as 79th place in the 244-team field before
finishing up its week Friday afternoon with a ranking of 118th place and a total
record of 9-6.
The team consisted of Ryann Menges, Hannah
Richards, Elissa Baker, Leah McIlhenny, Kelsey Lidstrom and Casey Vegwert of
Wood River High, plus Jessica Bond of Twin Falls High School and Lindsay Kulm of
Jerome High School.
Casting a wide net, Wood Riverís
16-and-under squad captured its wins over teams from Arizona, Alaska, Illinois,
California, Hawaii and Oregon.
Coaches Tim Richards of Wood River and
Wade Bond coached both teams in Reno.