Thursday was a good night for the Wood River High School volleyball team in its Great Basin Conference match with the Burley Bobcats on the Hailey hardwoods.
Wood River (20-14, 5-3 league) reached the 20-win level for the first time in six seasons with a 25-20, 25-16, 25-23 triumph over Burley.
Coach Tim Richards said, “Every girl played and contributed to the win. We’re still young and inexperienced, starting four sophomores in both matches last week.
“Blair Radford and McKenzie Garrison had 7 kills and Haley Cutler had 5 kills. Ciceley Peavey had 17 digs and two service aces. Brittney Bradley added 18 assists and 10 digs. Giselle Andrade had a kill and 3 blocks.”
Wood River nailed down the third seed for the six-school GBC tournament starting Monday, Oct. 20.
The Wolverines play either Burley or Minico in their first match Monday at 5 p.m., most likely on the Canyon Ridge court in Twin Falls.
The Wolverines finish their regular season this week, hosting five-time defending league champion Twin Falls Tuesday night and going to Rupert Thursday, Oct. 16 for a match with Minico.
Seniors honored Tuesday were Haley Cutler, Brittney Bradley, Ciceley Peavey, Ashley Hicks, Emma Poe, Megan Lube and Giselle Andrade.
District 1A Div. 2 tourney starts Saturday in Dietrich
The nine-school District 1A Division 2 tournament begins Saturday, Oct. 18 at Dietrich with the teams aiming to dethrone two-time defending state champ Lighthouse Christian Academy of Twin Falls.
Four opening-round varsity matches are scheduled starting at 3:30 p.m. with the No. 1 seed going against either the Community School or Murtaugh Red Devils.
Lighthouse won last year’s district tournament over Camas County of Fairfield. The league has grown by one school this year with the addition of Hansen’s Huskies.
The top three teams going into the four-day, state-qualifying tourney are Lighthouse, Camas and Dietrich.
The Carey School Panthers (7-10, 2-5 league) hosted Hansen Tuesday for their “Senior Night,” and will make a trip to Oakley Thursday, Oct. 16 for the non-conference regular-season finale.
Coach Kathy Whitworth’s Panthers snapped a seven-match losing skid last Thursday with a 25-21, 25-27, 25-18, 25-18 league win at Murtaugh.
“It was a long match, with long volleys. Murtaugh is a scrappy little team,” said Whitworth.
Senior Kylie Castle, back from a bout with strep throat, sparked the Panthers in the first game by scoring the first six points from the service line. She served well the entire match, the Panther coach said.
Junior Medin Cenarrusa (5 blocks, 4 for kills, plus 6 kills in the attack) along with senior Natalie Villanueva (9 kills) and Castle (5 kills) led the offense. Senior setter Paige Koudelka, Cenarrusa and Castle were digs leaders.
Coach Kristyn Rutland’s Community School Cutthroats finish this week with home matches today, Wednesday against Dietrich and Friday, Oct. 17 against Twin Falls Christian Academy, at 6 p.m.
Last Tuesday, the Cutthroats (1-9, 0-7) dropped a 25-15, 25-13, 25-10 match at Hansen. Leading the way for Sun Valley were junior Darby David (4 aces, 8 assists, 3 kills, 4 digs) and sophomore Tara Ware (2 aces, 9 digs).
Lighthouse Christian defeated the visiting Cutthroats 25-5, 25-7, 25-9 Thursday. “Player of the Match” against Lighthouse was Tara Ware for her hustle against the champs.