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By Stephanie Thompson
People Editor 

Lady Wolves fall to tough volleyball teams last week

 


Despite improving and holding their ground more, the Green River Lady Wolves Volleyball team still lost two conference games.

Last Thursday, the Lady Wolves took on Kelly Walsh in Green River. The home-court advantage helped, but it wasn’t enough for the Lady Wolves to beat Kelly Walsh. Green River lost in three sets, 16-25, 18-25, 22-25.

“I was really pleased with how they played this weekend as a whole,” head coach Rikki Shantz said.

The Lady Wolves didn’t have much of a chance to rest as they took on Natrona County Friday night in Green River. The Lady Wolves took the first two sets, 32-20, 27-25, but lost the next three sets to Natrona, 11-25, 18-25, 9-15.

Shantz still believes the Lady Wolves could have beat Natrona.

“I thought about that all night on Friday night,” Shantz said.

The team is physically capable of beating Natrona with the new lineup, Shantz said. However, for some reason, the girls lost the last three sets. Shantz said she thinks the players are getting mentally tired, which causes them to make mistakes they normally wouldn’t make.

She said they may have just lost steam after have played a couple of tough steps. After they lost the third set to Natrona, they lost the momentum.

These two losses, take the Lady Wolves to 3-5 in conference play.

Once again, the team will have a busy weekend ahead of them as they take on Jackson on Friday at 5 p.m. at Lincoln Middle School.

Shantz said for Jackson she will need her team focused. Jackson has a strong defense, which seemed to discourage the girls the last time they met.

“They need to stay mentally tough when hits that normally go down don’t,” she said.

Shantz said she feels the team is getting stronger every week. For a little bit they had hit a plateau, but now they are improving again.

“I think we are going to peak at the right time,” she said.

They will then play Evanston on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Green River High School. Both of the games are at home and are the last two home games of the regular season.

The Lady Wolves will then travel to Evanston on Oct. 28-29 for regionals.

 

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