Wood River High School volleyball players bring high hopes into the 2013 fall season today, Wednesday when the Wolverines entertain the Canyon Ridge Riverhawks (1-3) in a Great Basin Conference league matches in Hailey. The varsity clash begins about 7:30 p.m.
Head coach Tim Richards has welcomed 38 players to his varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams.
Veteran coach Gary Carr has returned to coach the JV, while Mike Maas has brought decades of California volleyball playing and coaching experience in his first season as Richards’ assistant. Maas coached at Univ. of California Santa Barbara and has operated the Montana Volleyball Academy in Missoula.
Junior co-captains Brittney Bradley and Haley Cutler will set the 6-2 Hailey offense in motion. Coach Richards will look to senior co-captain Mary Petzke and junior Ashley Hicks for hitting. Juniors Ciceley Peavey and Megan Lube will help keep the ball in play.
Richards said, “It’s a great group of girls. We’ll be challenged in our first match by Canyon Ridge, and our tournament schedule is tough as always. Hitting is our challenge. Until we get it going, we’ll need a lot of defense and keeping the ball in play.”
Last fall, All-Great Basin Conference first teamers Lily Richards and Kori Paradis led Wood River (19-19) to its first State 4A tournament berth since 2008—and second place in the GBC meet behind Twin Falls. Coach B.J. Price’s Twin Falls Bruins captured their fourth straight GBC tourney title and placed fourth at state.
The Hailey varsity opens its tournament season Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7 at the 28-school Peg Peterson Invitational at Pocatello’s Highland High and Pocatello High schools. In Wood River’s pool, one of seven pools with four teams each starting action Friday at 3 p.m., are Hillcrest of Idaho Falls, Box Elder and Bear Lake of Montpelier.
For the first time in 33 years, Wood River won’t host its own home varsity tournament in September. This year’s team:
Head coach—Tim Richards (12th year, 226-178). Assistant coach—Mike Maas.
Seniors (3)—Co-captain Mary Petzke, Sadie Dawson and Sydney Thomsen.
Juniors (7)—Co-captain Haley Cutler, co-captain Brittney Bradley, Ciceley Peavey, Megan Lube, Ashley Hicks, Emma Poe and Valeria Morse.
Freshman (1)—Blair Radford.
Head coach—Gary Carr.
Juniors (4)—Lacy Harrington, Raylin Lyons, Tayler Bosch and Sami Goitiandia.
Sophomores (7)—Isabelle Ornelas, Chloe Evans, Arya Gibson, Sochie Goitiandia, Janelle Meyers, Delaney Brassil and Kelsea Beck.
Freshmen (3)—Michelle Mason, Tess Hollister and McKenzie Gardipe.
Head coach—Sarah Allen.
Players (13)—Diana Bello, Kali Castle, Sierra Harkins, Ciara Hulett, Adelle Martin, McKenzie Shardlow, Lily Ward, Alma Ceja, Amelia Anderson, McKinna Arial, Leticia Valencia, Bailey Lobey and Hunter Schiermeier.