Lady Wolverines, Lady Tigers compete at conference dualsOct 8, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor
Both the Lady Wolverines of Riverton and Lady Tigers of Lander spent this weekend in Mountain View for the Class 3-A West conference duals and had a rough go against the schools from the other side of the conference, with Big Red's victory over Pinedale on Saturday the only win for either across the two-day event.
On Friday, Riverton lost to Lyman, 3-1 (25-12, 25-23, 23-25, 25-17), then dropped a five-setter to Star Valley, 3-2 (14-25, 26-24, 20-25, 25-22, 15-13).
In addition to Saturday's victory against Pinedale, Riverton lost to Mountain View in five sets.
According to Riverton head coach Trista Day, her squad had to overcome the absence of middle blocker Ella Hauck, who was lost to an ankle injury in practice on Monday.
"We had Alexxis Motisi step in for Ella, and she did a fine job for us," said Day. "We had a completely different rotation."
Day said switching from the outside to the middle is often a confusing, complicated move for a player to make.
"It's definitely quicker in the middle and you're blocking every shot," she said. "Sometimes, it's easy to get caught up in your transition from the net. It's a whole different world."
Naya Shime had 90 kills for the weekend, along with 22 from Skyler Smith and 21 each for Hannah Reinig and Taylenn Thompson.
Reinig led with 72 assists, while Carlee Flanagan added 61, with Thompson collecting 87 digs on the event.
Riverton (15-11, 2-1 Class 3-A Northwest) will next host Lander on Thursday.
Lander was defeated on Friday by Mountain View, 3-0 (25-6, 25-7, 25-6), then lost to Pinedale, 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-8).
The Lady Tigers were downed on Saturday by Star Valley and Lyman, both in straight sets.
Lander head coach Marissa Powell wasn't happy with how her team played on Friday, but was encouraged by what she saw the following day, she said.
"Friday was rough -- we didn't play to our potential," said Powell. "But, today (Saturday) was much better."
The Lady Tigers were without an important player in Mia Maynard, who was out of the Lander lineup due to illness, but she was more-than-ably replaced by Kristin Proctor, who stepped up in the starter's absence, said Powell.
"Kristin did well, although she had her up-and-down moments," she said. "She'll continue to get playing time."
Lander's outside-hitter duo of Connor LeBeau and Abby Renner were at full strength, after both missed time last weekend.
"Connor and Abby both played well," said Powell. "Especially Connor, who always does a good job of reading the play and running through balls."
Lander (1-24, 0-3 Class 3-A Northwest) will travel to Kemmerer on Tuesday before facing the Lady Wolverines in Riverton on Thursday.