Friday, September 20, 2013

WRHS spikers earn first home win over Burley

GBC battle in Hailey settled in four

Senior Sadie Dawson (right) pounds a winner at the net during Tuesday’s four-game Wood River volleyball victory over Burley on the Hailey court. Photo by Roland Lane

     Serving well and playing better defense that their opponent, the Wood River High School volleyball team (4-6, 2-1 league) posted its third match victory in its last four matches Tuesday 25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 25-16 over Burley in a Great Basin Conference home match.

     Consistency was a big factor, Wood River coach Tim Richards said. His girls also responded to the fan energy in winning for the first time this season on the Hailey hardwoods. Senior Mary Petzke (8 kills, 3 blocks) and junior Ashley Hicks (15 service winners, 3 aces) led the Wolverines.

     Although Burley (35 kills to Wood River’s 24) had the hitting advantage, the Bobcats made more hitting and serving mistakes. Wood River was steady behind freshman Blair Radford (5 kills, 7 service winners) and senior Sydney Thomsen (4 kills, 8 service winners).

     Junior setter Brittney Bradley (3 kills, 6 service winners) contributed 18 assists. Defensively, junior Ciceley Peavey (5 service winners) was outstanding with 25 defensive digs. Senior Sadie Dawson (3 kills, 4 blocks) added strong minutes at the net for the home team.

     In the back-and-forth first game, a timely Petzke kill and four straight service winners by Hicks pulled Wood River away from a 15-15 tie. Thomsen’s strong serving at mid-game sparked the second-game victory during which Wood River trailed at one point 15-11. Thomsen, Radford and Dawson had clutch kills in the fourth game, and Petzke two blocks.

     Burley’s senior middle blocker AnnGee Wayment (9 kills), senior Chelsee Baker (12 kills) and senior setter Baylee Robins (13 service winners, 5 aces) led the Bobcats (1-6, 1-2). Burley’s GBC win was in five games over Minico at Rupert.

     Wood River played at Minico Thursday night and hosts four-time defending Great Basin champion Twin Falls (19-4, 3-0) Tuesday, Sept. 24 in Hailey. Twin Falls swept visiting Minico in three games Tuesday.

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