Great Basin Conference league action opened for the Wood River High School volleyball team Tuesday night against Minico at Rupert.
But coach Tim Richards’ Wolverines (5-5) got a weekend full of swings—eight matches worth—during the 28-team Peg Peterson Invitational tournament Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at Highland High in Pocatello.
Wood River won three of its five matches in the “Bronze” double elimination bracket matching the lower-ranked teams from Friday’s pool play.
The Wolverines beat Gooding 25-14, 25-15, rallied past Preston 20-25, 25-15, 15-13 and swept Filer 25-19, 25-12. They also pushed big school opponents to the maximum three games before falling to Jerome, Highland, Shelley and Blackfoot.
Making Saturday’s championship match were last year’s opponents in the State 4A volleyball tournament final won by Century of Pocatello over Skyview of Nampa. Hillcrest of Idaho Falls finished third.
Wood River’s kills leaders at Highland were Kori Paradis, Lily Richards and Mary Petzke, while setter Brittney Bradley had over 80 assists in eight matches and Ciceley Peavey helped out at the service line.
The Wolverines host Jerome Thursday, Sept. 6 in the home league debut on the Hailey floor. Here are Wood River’s results by match from the Highland tournament:
Friday’s pool play
( Jerome 18-25, 25-21, 15-6 over WRHS: Kills—Lily Richards 10, Kori Paradis 7. Assists—Brittney Bradley 16. Service—Ciceley Peavey 12.
( Highland 16-25, 25-11, 15-10 over WRHS: Kills—Kori Paradis 7. Assists—Brittney Bradley 11.
( Shelley 25-21, 23-25, 15-10 over WRHS: Kills—Lily Richards 8. Assists—Brittney Bradley 8.
Saturday’s Bronze Division
- Blackfoot 25-14, 23-25, 15-13 over WRHS: Kills—Kori Paradis 5, Mary Petzke 2 with no errors on 7 attempts.
- WRHS 25-14, 25-15 over Gooding: Kills—Lily Richards 6, Kori Paradis 5, Madi Hendrix 3. Assists—Brittney Bradley 8, Haley Cutler 8.
- WRHS 20-25, 25-15, 15-13 over Preston: Kills—Kori Paradis 7, Lily Richards 4. Aces—Brittney Bradley 2. Assists—Brittney Bradley 10.
- WRHS 25-19, 25-12 over Filer: Kills—Mary Petzke 5. Assists—Brittney Bradley 13. Aces—Ciceley Peavey 2.
- Canyon Ridge 25-19, 25-22 over WRHS: Kills—Kori Paradis 8, Lily Richards 8. Assists—Brittney Bradley 12. Aces—Kori Paradis 2.
Coach Richards said, “Overall a lot of matches and a lot of good experience for the younger players. And I think we found another offensive weapon in Mary Petzke in the middle and another setting option with Haley Cutler on the right side.
“As you can see by the scores from this weekend, we didn't have a problem starting off fast and strong, beating Jerome, Highland, and Shelley in the first games pretty comfortably. But looks like we need to learn how to sustain our effort and figure out the game 3s to fifteen. Which for a young inexperienced team seemed to start out 0-5, 2-4, 1-6 each time.
“Beating every team in the pool a game, and yet ending up in the Bronze Division was good, as it gave me a chance to play all 11 players. At one point we played four matches in a row without lunch and when we got to Canyon Ridge, we may have been a little tired, but were tied at 18 in both of those final games.”