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For the week of October 9 - 15, 2002


Hailey spikers 
pound ‘Cats

Countdown to district

Playing well together as a team, the Wood River High School varsity volleyball team made short work of the Filer Wildcats 22-20, 21-15, 21-18 last Tuesday in a big Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference match.

Coach Tim Richards’ Wolverines (13-13 overall, 5-2 league) put itself in position for one of the top two seeds in the SCIC league tournament scheduled to begin Saturday, Oct. 19 at the high school gym in Hailey.

The return of senior setter Whitney Richards, passing here to Natalie Green, has given Wood River added experience for the homestretch. Express photo by David N. Seelig

Wood River rarely trailed against a Filer squad that had problems putting together two consecutive serves.

Jessica King totaled 5 kills and 4 blocks, Charli Lindley 7 kills and Natalie Green 5 kills. On the stripe King had 11 service points including 4 aces. Whitney Richards (10 sets) added 8 points and Aubrey Kirtley 7.

In the first game Filer built a 15-5 lead, but Wood River stormed back on 6 winners served by King. Lindley and Green earned 2 big points with blocks and Whitney Richards served 2 aces. Filer faltered and Kirtley served out the 22-20 match.

Wood River broke out to big leads in the final two games. Syringa Stark’s tip and Green’s ace gave the Wolverines some breathing room at 15-11 in the second game.

Lindley notched all 7 of her kills in the third game, but Filer battled back into an 18-18 tie. At that point Whitney Richards made a great dig that ended with an Emily Smith kill, then King added a kill and Smith finished the match serving an ace.

Wood River will try to avenge an early-season setback when it visits Jerome tonight, Wednesday, then the Hailey spikers have league road trips to Filer Thursday and Declo Tuesday.

Leading the league is Buhl (10-2) with nine straight wins and a 6-1 SCIC record. Wood River stands at 5-2, Filer 4-3, Declo 3-4, Gooding 2-5 and Kimberly 1-6.

When the SCIC league tournament convenes, six matches will be played to eliminate two teams on the first day of action, Saturday, Oct. 19, then the tournament will continue Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 22-23.

At stake will be two berths in the State 3A tournament Nov. 1-2 at Twin Falls High School.

The SCIC junior varsity tournament will also be played Saturday, Oct. 19 in side-by-side volleyball action on the Hailey hardwoods.


Trip to Pocatello

Highland of Pocatello was a last-minute addition to Wood River’s season schedule, replacing 2A Wendell, and the 5A Rams have proved to be a worthy opponent.

Last Thursday Highland swept the season series with visiting Wood River 21-11, 22-20, 20-22, 21-13. The Ram defense was very solid, during one stretch repelling 17 attacks by King and allowing her only 2 kills.

"We started slowly and finally got going and had two close games in the middle games," said coach Richards.

Emily Smith led the way with 5 kills and Natalie Green had a solid blocking night. Aubrey Kirtley notched 13 service points and Whitney Richards added 11.

After beating Wood River, Highland (25-4 overall) traveled to Boise for last weekend’s Borah tournament and ended up losing in the final match to Eagle, Richards said.



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