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Strong returning core anchors RHS spikers after good off-season

Aug 18, 2017 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

With just two weeks to prepare for the season-opening McDonald's volleyball tournament on their home court in Wolverine Gym, head coach Trista Day and assistant coaches Justin Taylor and Bob Cogdill welcomed 30 Riv-erton High School Lady Wolverine volleyball players to a new season this week.

The squad has been working in two-a-day sessions after completing one of the more successful summers of off-season preparation.

"Our summer was good. The girls were in the weight room, in open gyms, went to camps, and we went to a team camp in Idaho," Day said.

"But it's too early to tell (what the strengths of the team will be). We have the skill. Physically, we can be very good. Mentally will be our challenge."

In a dominating conclusion to the 2016 season, the Riverton Lady Wolverines finished off the Class 3-A state volleyball tournament with three straight wins to capture the third-place trophy.

"We have four seniors returning, so that will be good, and we have some solid leadership," Day said.

"I have some players that can kind of go different directions right now, and I think and I think we will shock some people on where we put people," Day said.

"People are expecting our biggest, tallest to be in the middle, and that may not be the case this year."

Day believes Class 3-A is, "up in the air" and that many of last year's stronger teams have lost groups of girls.

"It's going to be a dogfight," Day said. "Who wants to compete? Mentally will be where it's at."

Riverton will host the Class 3-A West regional tournament Oct. 27-28 in Wolverine Gym.

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Freshman Jocelynn Frost worked on drills during opening week practice for the Riverton High School volleyball team. The Lady Wolverines will host the annual McDonald's tournament beginning Friday, Aug. 28, at Wolverine Gym. Photo by Craig Blumenshine

Freshman Jocelynn Frost worked on drills during opening week practice for the Riverton High School volleyball team. The Lady Wolverines will host the annual McDonald's tournament beginning Friday, Aug. 28, at Wolverine Gym. Photo by Craig Blumenshine


Freshman Jocelynn Frost worked on drills during opening week practice for the Riverton High School volleyball team. The Lady Wolverines will host the annual McDonald's tournament beginning Friday, Aug. 28, at Wolverine Gym. Photo by Craig Blumenshine

Freshman Jocelynn Frost worked on drills during opening week practice for the Riverton High School volleyball team. The Lady Wolverines will host the annual McDonald's tournament beginning Friday, Aug. 28, at Wolverine Gym. Photo by Craig Blumenshine

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