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By Stephanie Thompson

Lady Wolves Volleyball team wins 1, loses 1


September 26, 2019

Star photo by Stephanie Thompson

Green River Lady Wolves volleyball player Raena Finch waits patiently for the ball to come towards the net.

The Green River Lady Wolves volleyball team split the week with a win and a loss while at home.

The Lady Wolves will have one more home game against Evanston on Thursday at 6 p.m., before they travel the next few weeks.

Last Thursday, the Lady Wolves beat Mountain View in five sets, 25-22, 19-25, 14-25, 25-18, 19-17.

"I thought they played well under pressure and continued to fight," head coach Rikki Shantz said.

She said when they were down, they didn't give up and continued to fight back in the fifth set to win the game, 19-17.

With each team the Lady Wolves play, they are learning more about themselves and the other teams. For example: Mountain View was really good at serving and so the Lady Wolves needed to be ready to get under the ball when it came.

"I thought we passed the ball really well against the serves," Shantz said. "I felt overall it was a really good game for us."

The Lady Wolves noticed at a previous game where they were lacking in a defensive area, so they started working on it in practice.

"I love when it's their idea," Shantz said.

On Saturday, the Lady Wolves took on Kelly Walsh, one of the best teams in the state and lost in three sets, 25-6, 25-14, 25-9.

"I think they are going to dominate the 4A division," Shantz said about Kelly Walsh.

Year after year, Kelly Walsh has been a strong team, a lot of it has to do with more students to select from and a strong seeder program. A lot of the girls on the varsity squad have been playing together for years and that makes a difference.

Shantz said Kelly Walsh forced the Lady Wolves to play the game really fast and that's something they hadn't seen before.

This challenged their communication skills and their ability to get to the ball quickly, but the Lady Wolves continued to fight back as best they could.

"I didn't see them shut down as much as I have," Shantz said. "I have some good kids."

She said it's early in the season and this team can still do well at regionals and make it to state.

As for Evanston, the Lady Wolves haven't played them yet this season. She said she's expecting them to be pretty well matched up as they have been in the past because Evanston also has a young team.

As for the Jackson game, which is scheduled to take place Saturday in Jackson at 1 p.m., the Lady Wolves haven't played or seen them yet this year.

The Lady Wolves will prepare for both the Evanston and Jackson games by working on what they need to do on their side of the net.

"I just want to be prepared to get a win on Saturday," Shantz said.


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