Friday, September 19, 2014

Hailey spikers top Jerome in Homecoming match

Cutthroats capture first win

Wood River senior Ashley Hicks tries for a winner against the block attempt of Jerome’s Stormi Reynolds (left) during Tuesday’s four-game Wolverine win on the Hailey hardwoods. Photo by Roland Lane

     Their Homecoming match turned out to be a great occasion for Wood River High School varsity volleyball players Tuesday when the Wolverines hosted Jerome for a Great Basin Conference match.

     Wood River (8-6, 1-2 league) pounded out a 47-28 advantage in kills led by the powerful swings of senior Haley Cutler and earned a 25-21, 25-17, 21-25, 25-20 win over Jerome (3-2, 1-2).

     Cutler finished with 14 kills, 10 of them coming in the first two games when Wood River established its dominance at the net. She added five assists and had eight winning serves in the final two games.

     Wood River coach Tim Richards said about his team’s first home match of the season, “The team tried to step up and show their best to the home crowd. All 12 players contributed to the win.”

     Solid serving, defense and passing spurred Hailey’s girls.

     Sophomore Blair Radford (11 kills, 2 blocks) was a consistent producer and senior Brittney Bradley (2 kills, 26 assists, a team-high 13 winning serves) remained a dependable leader. Senior Ciceley Peavey added 20 digs.

     Others were sophomore McKenzie Garrison (5 kills), junior Liz Forsling (5 kills, 6 winning serves with 2 aces), sophomore Michelle Mason (6 kills, 10 winning serves with 2 aces) and senior Ashley Hicks (2 kills, 4 winning serves).

     Wood River might have swept the conference match in three games, but Jerome rallied from 16-12 down to win the third game 25-21.

     Top Tigers were senior Stormi Reynolds (11 kills, 4 winning serves), sophomore Emily Bragg (8 kills), senior Hannah Leavitt (7 kills, 10 winning serves), senior Kassidy Giles (6 kills) and junior Courtney Argyle (6 kills).

     Cutler’s four straight winning serves in the decisive fourth game extended Wood River’s lead from 13-12 to 17-12 and stymied Jerome’s rally bid. Cutler ended the match with a kill and a winning tip to send the Hailey fans home with smiles on their faces.

     Wood River visited Burley Thursday and hosts Minico on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

     Other local matches:

     · Carey High School (5-3, 1-0 league) went to Shoshone Tuesday night for a triangular meet and divided its two matches. Shoshone avenged an earlier loss at Carey with a 23-25, 25-15, 15-9 non-conference win. The Panthers defeated Glenns Ferry 25-11, 25-8.

     · The Community School roster was thinned by sick players and the Cutthroats lost at home to Richfield 25-4, 25-7, 25-4 Tuesday. Carey visited the Fish Tank Thursday night.

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