Friday, October 12, 2012

Volleyball team takes a set from mighty Bruins

League tourney opens Monday

Wood River High School’s volleyball team did something Tuesday that no other Great Basin Conference team has been able to do to the Twin Falls Bruins over four seasons.

The Wolverines won a set from the three-time defending GBC champions, who are coached by former Wood River basketball player B.J. Price.

Actually, top-seeded Twin Falls (9-0 league) prevailed on its homecourt 25-27, 25-14, 25-18, 25-13. But the Wolverines in winning the first set earned a morale-boosting victory over a Bruins program that hadn’t lost in nearly 80 league sets since 2009.

Twin Falls has won more than 50 matches without a loss in that span against GBC opponents.

Wood River coach Tim Richards said, “I told the girls we were going to break that streak, and we did. We came back from a 22-16 deficit led by the serving of Lily Richards and JV setter Lacy Harrington, a sophomore brought up because our starting setter Brittney Bradley (ankle injury) is still out.

“So the Twin Falls streak is now three sets instead of around 80 or whatever. We learned we can beat Twin, but we have to maintain consistency if we want to be successful in the league tournament.”

Wood River couldn’t maintain its offensive attack after Tuesday’s first-game win, though the Wolverines played hard, the coach said. He said, “We had only 20 kills for the whole night and 18 errors.

“Kori Paradis had 9 kills in 35 attempts, and Lily was 8 for 38. We also had 8 service errors out of 72. It wasn’t our best offensive performance. Ciceley Peavey had 19 digs. Lily, Lacy, and Haley Cutler had 6 assists apiece.”

The Wolverines (15-15, 5-4 league) ended their regular season Thursday at home against Canyon Ridge (10-19, 1-8) and will next compete Monday, Oct. 15, in the GBC meet at Twin Falls High School.

Third-seeded Wood River plays the 5 p.m. match Monday against the No. 6 seed, with the winner moving directly into the next match at 6:30 p.m. against No. 2 Jerome (23-8, 8-1).



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