Friday, September 16, 2005

Carey volleyball rolls on

Slide continues for Wolverines, Cutthroats

Express Staff Writers

Carey volleyball remains unbeaten in North Side Conference play after squeaking past Richfield in a five-game match Tuesday night on the road.

The Lady Panthers lost the first game 19-25 before winning the next two 25-19 and 27-25. Richfield fought back to take the fourth game 26-24 before falling 15-10 in the fifth and final game.

"The whole team played really good defense and we passed the ball really well," said Carey head coach Kathy Whitworth.

Seniors Brenna Silva and Amy Olsen formed a virtual wall at the net combining for 33 blocks. Olsen had 12 blocks—four of them were kills.

Carey now boasts a 10-1 overall record (4-0 conference). Richfield is 5-3 (3-2). The Lady Panthers hosted Dietrich Thursday night (results were not available) and will host a tri-match Tuesday night with Wendell and Shoshone.

"Those will be big games, two big tests," Whitworth said, referring to Dietrich (5-3) and Shoshone (9-0).

Whitworth said her team is gunning for another run at states.

"The girls have played real well together, everything's flowing real well right now," she said, adding that the only shortcoming she can see right now is consistency.

"Passing and serving needs to improve, it just needs to become a little more consistent," Whitworth said. "But we don't really worry about it too much, it can be easily fixed."

Gooding sweeps Wolverines

"Demoralizing"—that's how Wood River volleyball coach Gary Carr labeled his team's 3-0 loss to Gooding on Tuesday night, which lowered the Wolverines overall record to 1-5.

"We played terrible, honestly," added Carr, who splits coaching duties with Tim Richards.

The Wolverines lost all three games 25-19.

"We haven't been very stellar, we haven't been as successful as like to be early on—we still have a lot of individuals," Richards said. "This is the first time in a couple years we've lost to Gooding." Senior captains Hannah Richards and Jamie Stone played well and continued to show strong leadership, Richards said. But he's still waiting for the rest of the team, which is young and inexperienced, to step up.

"We need all six players to play solid," Richards said. "Hopefully we'll get everyone here doing that in the next couple of weeks."

Carr said the season has been particularly rough since Wood River volleyball is typically strong, and he wondered whether the team was committed enough to overcome the adversity.

"We've got some people that need to do some soul searching, and some people that need to step up," Carr said. "They have to figure out a way to get through this downtime."

The Wolverines resolve will be tested this weekend, when 12 teams visit Hailey for the 25th annual Wood River Invitational. Matches begin Friday and continue through Saturday with the finals slated for Saturday night.

Indians net Cutthroats

Undefeated Shoshone made short work of The Community School and Declo in tri-match action Tuesday.

Playing on their homecourt, the Indians dispatched the Cutthroats 25-11, 25-8, 25-8 and knocked off non-conference opponent Declo, 25-13, 25-16.

"They're good. Really good," Cutthroats coach Reamy Goodwin said of Shoshone.

"They do a lot of really good things. Nothing fancy, but everything they do, they do well."

Still it was 15-10 in the first game, before Shoshone, chock-full of eight seniors, turned it on.

Goodwin remarked, "It was a great lesson for us. They saw the competitiveness. They saw the bombs. They saw the game played well and whether they could keep up with it or not doesn't matter. They saw it."

Goodwin added at times, the Cutthroats held their own.

"They had never seen the ball coming at them like that, and from a lot of different places. It was a full onslaught," he said. "But at times, and (Shoshone coach) Larry Messick agreed, I was surprised at how good we were. By the end of match we were digging everything that they hit."

Ketchum/Sun Valley (0-4) rounds out a busy week by hosting Bliss Friday and travels to Camas County Monday.

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