Improving its home record to 8-3, the Wood River High School varsity volleyball team also gained ground in the Great Basin Conference Tuesday night by sweeping the Canyon Ridge Riverhawks from Twin Falls on the Hailey court.
Wood River (11-9, 4-2 league) piled up 31 kills in its 25-23, 25-14, 25-18 home victory that swept the two-match season series with Canyon Ridge (1-4 league). Senior Jade Glenn (12 kills, 4 blocks) led the way.
By winning at Burley Oct. 5 and against Minico at Rupert Oct. 14 and avenging an early-season loss to Jerome when they host the Tigers for Senior Night Oct. 12, the Wolverines would gain the second seed for the six-team GBC tournament starting Oct. 18 in Twin Falls.
League-leading Twin Falls (29-5, 5-0) is a virtual lock for the first-place tournament-hosting honor. Wood River's next home match is with Twin Falls on Thursday, Oct. 7.
Tuesday's match was close in the first game. The Wolverines built a 23-17 cushion but the 'Hawks battled back to a 23-22 game. That's when kills by Lily Richards (4 kills, 13 serves, 3 aces, 4 assists, 2 digs) and by Glenn gave Hailey the win.
Sophomore Kori Paradis (5 kills, 2 blocks, 14 serves, 2 aces, 2 digs) made a mid-game block for a 10-6 Hailey lead and then served five straight winners for a 15-6 advantage in the second game. Another strong Glenn kill set up Allie Hesteness (6 kills, 4 digs, 13 serves, 2 aces), who served four straight for a 15-10 lead the 'Hawks couldn't overcome in the third game.
Jessica Hamilton (18 assists, 14 serves, 3 kills), Wood River's senior setter, played well as did Miranda Gasenica (5 digs, 3 assists), Ali Levy (5 digs) and Alison Gasenica (3 digs).