Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Volleyball team ready for home opener

WRHS hosts Pocatello Thursday

High school volleyball fans will have a chance to see the 2006 Wood River High School varsity for the first time Thursday, Sept. 7 when the Pocatello Indians invade the Hailey gym for Wood River's home opener.

It's the start of a homestand for the Wolverines including a triangular meet with Twin Falls and Gooding Tuesday, Sept. 12 and the 26th annual, 10-team Wood River Invitational tournament Sept. 15-16.

Coach Tim Richards and Gary Carr's Wolverines had an early-season tune-up Sept. 1-2 during the 20-team Peg Peterson Invitational at Highland High School in Pocatello.

Wood River went 1-5 during the two-day tournament won by 2005 State 5A runner-up Eagle High School 15-21, 21-15, 15-13 over Skyline of Idaho Falls. For the most part the Wolverines were very competitive, taking leads in many matches, but they couldn't close the deal.

Richards said, "We were right there in just about every match but couldn't hold the leads. Skillwise, we're right there. We have a lot of offensive weapons and have to get them used to each other. And we have to learn how to finish."

Wood River played three preliminary matches Friday—losing 21-15, 21-15 to eventual runner-up Skyline, 21-13, 11-21, 18-16 to Preston and 22-20, 22-19 to Shelley.

In Saturday's double elimination tournament Wood River was right there with 5A Rigby but fell 22-20, 22-20. The 4A Wolverines captured a 21-15, 19-21, 15-11 victory over 3A Bear Lake of Montpelier, then went home with a 21-15, 21-16 loss to 5A Madison of Rexburg.

"Our most consistent player was sophomore libero Angela Coleman. She touched a lot of balls and passed beautifully. Casey Vegwert set and passed well for us," said Richards.

The Wolverines visited Jerome Tuesday in a rematch of last year's Great Basin Conference West tournament championship match won by Jerome on the Tiger floor.

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