Friday, September 24, 2010

Panthers fire on all cylinders, take down Fish

Northside rivals meet on the Carey court

Carey setter Nicky Gomez (right) goes high against the formidable Camas County front line at the net during an Aug. 26 league match in Carey. The Panthers and Mushers clashed again Thursday night in Fairfield. Photo by David N. Seelig

Avenging an early-season five-game road loss, the Carey High School varsity volleyball team came to play Tuesday and upended the Community School Cutthroats 25-18, 25-8, 25-14 in Northside Conference action on the Panther court.

"We played really well. We didn't have our setter (junior Nicky Gomez) the first time we played Community School, but we did this time. The girls are becoming more comfortable playing with each other," said Carey's seventh-year varsity coach Kathy Whitworth.

Good serving is always an indication of Carey's being successful on the volleyball court and Tuesday was no exception to that unwritten rule. Junior Kelly Patterson did particularly well at the serving stripe, Whitworth said, and the Panthers passed well.

Juniors Micaela Adamson and Darby Northcott were effective as Panther hitters, Gomez had plenty of assists and junior Taylor Castle dug the ball well to get passing in gear.

Whitworth said, "We actually played very well last week at home against Castleford (a 3-game Panther league loss that was much closer than the score indicated). This time we were able to come out on top."

Carey (2-8, 2-6 league) played Thursday night in Fairfield against league-leading Camas County and Rimrock, while the Community School (2-8, 2-7 league) hosted Richfield at The Fish Tank in Sun Valley.


Jerome sweeps Wolverines

Coming off its Wood River Invitational home tourney last weekend, the Wood River High School volleyball team came out flat Tuesday night and lost in three games at Jerome in Great Basin Conference action.

Jerome (2-2 league), winner of its own home tournament Sept. 18, continued that momentum and captured a 25-16, 25-21, 25-10 victory in its first meeting of the season with Wood River (9-9, 2-2 league). The teams clash again Oct. 12 in Hailey.

WRHS leaders at Jerome were Jade Glenn (6 kills, 2 blocks), Sydney Tidwell (2 kills), Jessica Hamilton (8 assists, 3 aces), Allie Hesteness (3 digs), Kori Paradis (2 aces), Lily Richards (2 aces), Miranda Gasenica (2 aces) and Alison Gasenica (2 digs).

The Wolverines hosted Minico of Rupert Thursday night and entertain Canyon Ridge Tuesday, Sept. 28.

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