Lady Wolves notch 4 wins at Gillette tourney
It was a huge weekend for the Green River High School volleyball team as the Lady Wolves were able to do something not even the 2009 4A state championship team could accomplish.
Competing with 23 other schools from a total of three states at the Gillette Invitational, Green River was able to advance with seven other teams to the Gold Bracket and came away with a sixth-place finish and an overall record of 4-2.
Head coach Rikki Shantz said she that was the first time the team has made it to to the gold bracket and she and the girls were very happy about their performance.
It was an amazing start to the two-day tournament for Green River with a 2-1 in over Laramie, a 2-1 win over Glenrock, and a 2-0 win over Scottsbluff (Neb.) High School.
After losing in their first matchup of the gold bracket 2-0 to Rapid City, (S.D.) Stevens High School, the Lady Wolves bounced back with a three-set win over Newcastle, before losing in two sets to Natrona in the fifth- place game. While pleased with the performance, Shantz said the team needs to keep working and believe that they can beat some of the better teams like they faced in the gold bracket.
“We did a lot better than in Cokeville, but we still have a lot to work on,” she said.
It will be another important week for the rising program, as they open conference play tonight on the road against Rock Springs. The varsity match is set to take place at 6 p.m.
Shantz said it is always fun to start with a rival like Rock Springs or Evanston and the girls are excited.
Green River will open their home season next week against Casper Natrona High School.
Editor’s Note: In an article last week, Shannon Hlad was inadvertently left out of a list of varsity players for Green River High School. She is also a member of the varsity squad.