Friday, September 27, 2013

Spikers off to Idaho Falls for Bonneville meet

Weekend volleyball

     Wood River High School’s varsity volleyball team got a taste of high quality volleyball Tuesday when the four-time defending Great Basin Conference champions from Twin Falls barreled into Hailey for a league match.

     Twin Falls, coached by former Wood River basketball player B.J. Price, showed its mettle with a 25-10, 25-19, 25-15 victory. The match gave the Wolverines tough competition going into the Bonneville Classic tournament today and Saturday, Sept. 28 in Idaho Falls.

     Wood River coach Tim Richards said about the visit, “The Wolverines tried to match up with the big, bad Twin Falls Bruins, who haven't lost a 4A district match since they moved down from 5A four years ago.

     “With three starters injured and on the bench, the Wolverines had a re-tooled offense and revamped defense. Even though we were out-manned, we were not out-played. In the second game, the Bruins were up 19-17 on the battling Wolverines before winning 25-19.”

     Richards has been tinkering with his line-up trying to compensate for injured players.

     He said, “Junior varsity middle Raylinn Lyons played in her first varsity match ever and led us with 4 kills on 4 swings. Freshmen outside hitters Blair Radford and Michelle Mason each contributed 3 kills.

     “Our setter Brittney Bradley had 9 assists and 3 kills of her own, as she led the Wolverine offense. Ciceley Peavey played a stellar match from the libero position with 22 digs.”

     At Bonneville, Wood River will start off today playing some tough teams such as Skyline of Idaho Falls and Shelley’s Russets in pool play, Richards said. On Tuesday, Oct. 1, Wood River (4-8, 2-3 league) visits Canyon Ridge in Twin Falls.

     Last Thursday, the host Minico Spartans captured a 23-25, 25-15, 25-15, 25-12 home league win over Wood River in Rupert. Going into the match, the Wolverines learned that senior middle blocker Sadie Dawson would be sidelined for a month with a broken wrist. She joined junior Haley Cutler (ankle) on the sidelines.

     During the Minico match, Wood River sustained two more key injuries when setter Bradley tweaked her ankle and junior Ashley Hicks suffered a knee injury. “Brittney was able to continue to play hobbled, but Ashley was out for the rest of the match,” said Richards.

     Junior Emma Poe got her first start in the middle and helped Wood River pull out the narrow 25-23 win in the first game at Minico, but the visitors couldn’t maintain that momentum with the line-up changes, the coach said.

     “It was a tough night for the Wolverines,” Richards said.




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