Lady Wolverines split weekend pairSep 17, 2017 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
The Mountain View Lady Buffalos stormed into Wolverine Gym on Saturday afternoon and despite being outsized by Riverton, executed a strong defensive effort and controlled the match from start to finish with a decisive 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-13) win.
"They play defense and we don't," said a disappointed Lady Wolverines head coach Trista Day after the match. "They know the game. They are smart. They play smart. They see the court very well. They don't have the athleticism we do, but they have the smarts. We need to learn."
If there was a bright spot on Saturday, it was the offensive play of senior Skyler Smith, who totaled seven kills -- many with authority -- and had her best match of the season at the net.
"Skyler played great and definitely stepped up," said Day. "That's what I want from her every match. Now, we know she can do that, it will relieve pressure off our outsides."
Naya Shime, consistently Riverton's top offensive threat, led the Lady Wolverines with 12 kills.
For both weekend matches, the Wolverines again played without setter Hannah Reinig, who has been sidelined with a concussion, but should be ready to resume play this week.
"It's huge. Hannah runs the court, she runs the show," said Day. "Our sets are inconsistent without her. We have to figure out our setting."
On Friday, the Lady Wolverines started slow and trailed 7-1 against visiting Pinedale, but bounced back to win 3-1 (25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 25-18).
"It's not acceptable for me our my girls and just be sluggish and not care. We need to show up," said Day. "We talked about the fact the football game may turn into a practice for us."
Shime had 24 kills against Pinedale and Taylenn Thompson had five service aces.
On Thursday, the Lady Wolverines (9-5, 1-0 Class 3-A Northwest) host Evanston, before traveling to the Casper Events Center for the Casper Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Service Aces - Thompson 5, Shime 2, Becker 2, Manzanares 1. Kills - Shime 24, Thompson 6, Hauck 5, Lanham 4, Thompson 2, Motisi 1, Smith 1. Blocks - Lanham 4, Hauck 1, Shime 1, Smith 2. Assists - Hauck 21, Flanagan 14, Thompson 3. Digs Thompson 29, Shime 14, Flanagan 10, Hauck 10, Manzanares 9, Becker 7, Smith 4.
vs. Mountain View
Service Aces - Shime 1. Kills Shime 12, Smith 7, Thompson 6, Hauck 2, Motisi 1, Lanham 1. Blocks Motisi 2, Lanham 1, Hauck 1, Smith 1. Assists Hauck 18, Flanagan 9, Manzanares 1. Digs Shime 29, Thompson 17, Manzanares 11, Flanagan 11, Hauck 8, Lanham 6, Smith 5, Motisi 3.