Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Prep volleyball teams take aim on tourneys

Local spikers are back on the court

Wood River High School senior Ali Levy pounds a winner for the host Wolverines, with sophomore teammate Kori Paradis helping out at the net, during their 25-23, 25-12, 25-19 home Great Basin Conference win over Burley Sept. 7. Photo by David N. Seelig

Following a mid-season breather, Blaine County prep volleyball teams returned to action Tuesday with sights set on state-qualifying district tournaments in mid-October.

Wood River (11-9, 4-2 league), trying to clinch the second seed in the Oct. 18 league tournament, played an important Great Basin Conference match at Burley Tuesday night.

The Wolverines won a three-game home match over Burley (5-11, 3-3) Sept. 7. But the Bobcats are tough at home, having beaten Jerome (5-8, 4-3) in four games last Thursday.

Coach Tim Richards' Wolverines entertain league-leading Twin Falls Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. (freshmen match starts at 4:30 p.m.) and then travel to the Mountain View Invitational Oct. 8-9. Jerome arrives for "Senior Night" on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

In the eight-team Northside Conference, Carey School (3-10, 2-8) coached by Kathy Whitworth and The Community School (2-9, 2-8) coached by Kristyn Price Rutland have shown plenty of improvement.

Carey visited Murtaugh Tuesday and goes to Twin Falls for a match against Lighthouse Christian (8-6, 6-4) on Friday, Oct. 8. Last Thursday night, visiting Dietrich handled Carey easily 25-8, 25-13, 25-6.

Lighthouse, league-leading Camas County, Dietrich and Richfield are the top four teams in the homestretch. Murtaugh and Castleford join Carey and the Cutthroats as challengers.

The Community School went to Castleford Tuesday and hosts Dietrich today, Wednesday at 6 p.m. at The Fish Tank.

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