Lady Wolverines lose tourney title matchAug 27, 2017 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
The Riverton Lady Wolverines volleyball team discovered a lot of things this weekend, including that the Powell Lady Panthers may be their new nemesis.
In the opening weekend of volleyball action, Powell blew through pool play with wins over Thermopolis, Shoshoni, Kemmerer and Riverton, then downed Wind River, Big Piney and the Lady Wolverines for a second time on its way to winning the championship of the Riverton McDonald's invitational tournament.
Riverton, with pool play wins over Shoshoni, Jackson and Thermopolis, advanced to the championship match with bracket play wins over Kemmerer and Worland.
Powell beat Riverton 2-1 in both pool play on Friday and in the title game of the bracket tournament Saturday in Wolverine Gym.
"I feel good. We saw some really great things from our team, but we also saw what we need to work on," said Riverton head coach Trista Day. "We're on our roller-coaster ride, but we're definitely not in the slumps you would expect to see this early."
The Wolverines are still trying to solidify two positions -- setter and libero -- after their first week of play.
"I think right now, Hannah (Reinig) impressed me the most," said Day. "If she can continue to jump set, that's going to have people very confused. That was the key to our success. There are glimpses, but we're still inconsistent."
Top of mind for the Lady Wolverines in practice this week will be improving their defense and serving accuracy.
"Powell isn't that powerful," said Day. "Defense will win a game. We have the guns, but they had defense and we didn't know what to do. They don't let balls touch the ground."
Through the weekend, sophomore Naya Shime led Riverton offensively with 58 kills and Riverton's offense looked to her even while she was in the back row. Shime also had a team-high 22 digs.
Senior Taylenn Thompson added 26 kills.
Thompson and Shime also led Riverton in service aces with 15 and 13, respectively.
Reinig pushed 77 assists and Ella Hauck reached double-digits in blocks with 13.
The Lady Wolverines will stay at home this Friday when the Torrington Lady Trailblazers make the long trip to Riverton. Game time is set for 5 p.m.
Riverton McDonald's tournament stats
Service Aces - Carlee Flanagan 2, Ella Hauck 9, Hannah Reinig 5, Mack Becker 2, Maycee Manzanares 1, Naya Shime 13, Skyler Smith 4, Taylenn Thompson 15.
Kills - Ally Lanham 11, Carlee Flanagan 2, Ella Hauck 17, Hannah Reinig 13, Naya Shime 58, Skyler Smith 13, Taylenn Thompson 26.
Blocks - Ally Lanham 7, Ella Hauck 13, Hannah Reinig 1, Naya Shime 6, Skyler Smith 6, Taylen Thompson 2.
Assists - Carlee Flanagan 24, Ella Hauck 8, Hannah Reinig 77, Skyler Smith 1, Taylenn Thompson 3.
Digs - Ally Lanham 2, Carlee Flanagan 4, Ella Hauck 14, Hannah Reinig 11, Mack Becker 5, Maycee Manzanares 9, Naya Shime 22, Skyler Smith 6, Taylenn Thompson 12.