Friday, September 26, 2014

Volleyball teams polish their swings, team play

Wood River sweeps Minico Spartans

Carey High School senior Kylie Castle goes for the slam during Tuesday’s Northside Conference home match with the Castleford Wolves. Courtesy photo by John Peck

     Blaine County volleyball teams are hitting mid-season form as October and tournament season draws near.

     Wood River High School’s varsity volleyball team won its third straight Great Basin Conference match Tuesday with a 25-12, 25-17, 25-17 homecourt success over the Minico Spartans from Rupert.

     The Wolverines (10-6, 3-2 league, 2-0 at home) had too many weapons for Minico and amassed a 34-12 advantage in kills and 45-17 edge in winning serves on the Hailey floor.

     Symbolic of Hailey’s team effort in their three consecutive wins over Jerome, Burley and Minico was the final point Tuesday. It was an amazing dig by senior Megan Lube that kept the ball in play in the backcourt and led to the Wolverine winning point.

     Even across the board were Wood River’s kills—Liz Forsling 7, Haley Cutler 6, Brittney Bradley 6, McKenzie Garrison 6, Blair Radford 3, Tess Hollister 3, Michelle Mason 2 and Emma Poe 1.

     Forsling had 2 blocks, as did Radford and Giselle Andrade. Setter Bradley wound up with 19 assists and defensive leader Ciceley Peavey had 12 digs.

     Wood River had success in its serving game finding gaps in the defense by making seven aces with these numbers—Cutler 9 winning serves, Radford 9, Forsling 7, Hollister 5, Bradley 4, Ciceley Peavey 4, Ashley Hicks 4 and Mason 3.

     The Wolverines compete today and Saturday, Sept. 26-27 in the Bonneville Classic tournament in Idaho Falls.

     · The Carey School Panthers played tough against the Castleford Wolves before dropping a four-set Northside Conference match 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 25-21 Tuesday at Carey.

     Carey (6-4, 2-1 league) hosted the league-leading Dietrich Blue Devils on Thursday night and takes on defending Lighthouse Christian Academy Tuesday, Sept. 30 on the Panther hardwoods.

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