Wednesday, October 19, 2011

District volleyball week for 4A, 1A schools

Twin Falls, Camas lead the pack

Carey senior Sarah Purdy pops the ball over the net, flanked by teammates, from left, Nicole Gomez, McKayla Mecham and Darby Northcott, during Carey’s 25-19, 25-21, 25-9 home win over the Community School Sept. 22 on the Panther hardwoods. Photo by David N. Seelig

State-qualifying district prep volleyball tournaments brought high school fans and players indoors this week in gyms at Twin Falls High School (4A competition) and Dietrich (1A Division 2 tournament).

Three Blaine County teams tried to stay alive Tuesday night in the loser brackets of the double elimination meets:

WRHS holds off Burley

Seeded No. 6 in the six-team Great Basin Conference 4A tournament, the Wood River High School volleyball team pulled off a bit of an upset Monday night beating No. 5 Burley 32-30, 20-25, 25-19, 25-17 at Twin Falls High gym.

Earlier Monday, Wood River (13-20) dropped a 25-9, 25-8, 25-19 first-round match to No. 3 Jerome (11-6). Wolverine coach Tim Richards said, "Our first match against Jerome was a struggle. Our back row passing was nonexistent the first two games. We shifted the lineup and things got a little better though we lost 25-19."

Hailey leaders were Kori Paradis (9 kills, 4 assists) and Lily Richards (6 kills, 7 assists, 8 service points).

Against Burley in the loser-out match, Wood River hung tough and handled nine points at point-game to win the first 32-30. Lily Richards served her team back from a 24-18 deficit and gave Hailey a 25-24 lead.

Coach Richards said, "Lily decided she didn't want to lose and had 19 kills out of 50 swings and 7 assists. Kori had 10 kills out of 33 swings and 17 assists. Mercedez Powell served 24 times, 7 in a row the last game. Kori had 4 blocks as Burley went down swinging.

"Miranda Gasenica also stepped up and had 4 aces to start the last game. As the bus pulled in at midnight, the girls felt satisfied with their efforts."

Wood River returned to Twin Falls Tuesday and played No. 4-seeded Minico, with the winner advancing against No. 2 Canyon Ridge. Top-seeded Twin Falls (32-6) and Jerome were the two teams remaining unbeaten the first day.

Thursday on senior night at the Hailey gym, Minico beat Wood River 25-19, 25-12, 25-18.

Coach Richards said, "It was a special senior night for Karola Huaire. At 4-11 she is a young lady with a big heart and is our first Hispanic girl to make varsity in my 10 years coaching. Her mother was there to watch her first volleyball match ever."

Camas leads the way

Two-time defending State 1A Division 2 champion Camas County of Fairfield (22-0) opened the eight-team Northside Conference tournament Saturday with straight-set wins over Community School and Richfield at the Dietrich gym.

No. 3-seeded Lighthouse Christian and No. 2 Dietrich battled Tuesday night to see which team would meet Camas County in Thursday's 5 p.m. championship game. Lighthouse nipped No. 6 Carey 25-9, 25-22, 26-24 in Saturday action.

Other loser-out matches Tuesday were Community School vs. No. 4 Castleford, and Carey meeting No. 7 Murtaugh. If Carey beat Murtaugh, the Panthers will play No. 5 Richfield Thursday at 4 p.m. in another elimination match.

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