The Wood River High School volleyball team had a rough outing Tuesday in Jerome in tri-meet matches against the Tigers and the Filer Wildcats.
The Wolverines fell 3-1 to Great Basin Conference West rival Jerome, followed by a 2-0 non-conference loss to the Wildcats.
Wood River coach Tim Richards played a lot of reserve spikers in the Filer match and was not particularly concerned about the loss. But losing to Jerome put him in the doldrums.
"I'm a little disappointed—a low point in my career," Richards said Thursday. "I'm not used to losing league games and we've lost two this year."
Wood River, last year's Great Basin Conference West champion, lost its first conference game of the season 3-2 to the Burley Bobcats last week. The Wolverines are now 7-7 overall and 2-2 in league play.
Richards attributed the loss to Jerome to too many errors. Wood River won the first set 25-16 but lost the following three 19-25, 17-25, 17-25.
"They were okay when we started out, but it went downhill," he said.
Richardson said his team recorded 48 passing errors, 26 hitting errors and four other miscues.
"We gave them 78 out of 91 points they scored," he said. "We just gave them those points. But we'll just have to put that behind us. We'll have another chance tonight." He was referring to Thursday night's match in Hailey against the Buhl Indians.
The loss against Jerome gave the Burley Bobcats, who are undefeated in league play, a more secure bid to host the conference tournament in October.
"Burley doesn't have any losses, so it looks like they'll maybe get to host the tournament," Richards said. "But we'll still be around."
Wood River lost to Filer 25-23, 25-16. Jerome swept the meet with 25-23, 25-16 wins over the Wildcats.
Following Thursday's match against Buhl, Wood River plays league-rival Minico next Tuesday in Hailey. Game time is 5 p.m.
Panthers whip the Mushers
The Carey High School volleyball squad won its fourth match of the season in a hotly contested battle Tuesday in Fairfield against the Camas County Mushers.
When the smoke had cleared the Panthers were on top 3-2 in sets of 23-25, 27-25, 26-24, 16-25, 15-13.
The victory lifted Carey to 2-4 in league play. The Panthers are 4-11 overall.
Carey plays two Northside Conference matches next week. Monday the Panthers host the Community School and Tuesday they travel to Richfield. Games times both nights are 6 p.m. JV and 7:30 p.m. varsity.