Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Riverhawks surprise WRHS in volleyball opener

Canyon Ridge shows promise, WR tourney next

Wood River junior Kori Paradis goes big at the Hailey net during Thursday’s Great Basin Conference home debut match against the Canyon Ridge Riverhawks. Sophomore Mary Petzke (left) follows the ball. Photo by David N. Seelig

Nobody gave much thought to the Canyon Ridge Riverhawks during the 2010 prep volleyball season.

The 'Hawks finished sixth out of six GBC schools. They put no players on the All-League first or second teams. In the new school's first two seasons on the court, the Wood River High School volleyball team played the 'Hawks four times and never lost a set.

But coach Stacy Boer's Riverhawks with seven seniors, plenty of depth and an upbeat attitude are sending another message in 2011. They've already earned the consolation championship of the Peg Peterson Invitational in Pocatello.

And they'll be anxious to give two-time defending GBC champion Twin Falls all the Bruins can handle this season.

Canyon Ridge (7-7) came to Hailey's Wood River High School Thursday and just wore down a young Wolverine squad 25-20, 15-25, 25-18, 25-22. Wood River (4-7) evened its GBC record at 1-1 on the season.

Led by senior Staci Baird (7 kills, 15 winning serves with 4 aces), the 'Hawks did it every which way. They held off the Wolverines in the first game, were no match for an aggressive Wood River effort in the second, but built a big lead in the third and rallied from a 12-7 deficit in the fourth.

Wood River junior Kori Paradis (14 kills, 1 block, 9 assists, 12 winning serves with 3 aces) sparked her team, along with junior Lily Richards (12 kills, 9 assists, 7 serves), junior Sydney Tidwell (3 kills, 3 blocks) and soph libero Mercedez Powell (10 winning serves).

Other Wolverine contributors included Taylor Bernston (3 kills), Mary Petzke (9 assists), Karola Huaire (7 winning serves with 1 aces), Miranda Gasenica (6 serves) and Alison Gasenica (3 assists).

Canyon Ridge stars included junior middle Keri Schwarz (6 kills, 5 blocks), senior Cierra Ehlers (14 serves), senior setter Kylee Denney (11 serves with 2 aces) and senior Alexis Crawford (6 kills).

Wood River visits Twin Falls today, Wednesday and hosts the two-day, 31st annual Wood River Invitational tournament starting Friday, Sept. 16 at 4:30 p.m. on the Hailey courts. The 5A Idaho Falls Tigers have won the Hailey tourney the last three years.

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