Lauren Thomsen (left) and Emily Vandenberg

They tried mightily to stop her, but Wood River blockers like seniors Lauren Thomsen (left) and Emily Vandenberg (center) had their hands full with Century senior outside hitter Abby Christensen (right, finishing with 14 kills).

     Defending State 4A champion Century of Pocatello came to Hailey Tuesday night and dominated its top-of-the-table Great Basin Conference match with upstart Wood River High.

     Century (28-8, 10-1 GBC), fueled by strong serving, consistent blocking and a fast-moving defense, took the initiative in its 25-18, 25-17, 25-22 triumph that separated the Diamondbacks from the pack.

     The Wolverines (19-12, 9-2 GBC) couldn’t get their offense started with any string of successful serves. Indeed, Century doubled up Wood River in kills (40 to 20) and successful services (37 to 19).

     Leading Century and its eight seniors were outside hitter Abby Christensen (14 kills), setter Lexi Bull (4 blocks, 13 digs, 4 service winners, 2 aces), Ashley Harris (9 kills) and Hannah Hearn (7 kills, 2 blocks, 11 service winners with 2 aces).

     Another senior, Bryndel Smith (6 kills, 7 service winners, 1 ace) did her part, and senior libero Julia McNulty (7 serving winners) anchored a nearly impenetrable defense.

     Hailey leaders included outside hitters Emily Vandenberg (9 kills, 3 blocks) and Sariah Nilsen (5 kills, 2  blocks, 1 ace), setter Samantha Chambers (9 assists, 4 service winners, 1 ace), middle blockers Willa Laski (3 kills, 3 blocks) and Lauren Thomsen (2 kills, 4 blocks), libero Josie Conely (7 winners, 1 ace).

     Century visited Burley (9-2 GBC) on Thursday.

     For Wood River, GBC matches with Twin Falls on Thursday and with Pocatello for “Senior Night” on Tuesday, Oct. 15 finish the regular season prior to the Oct. 19 league tournament.


Carey spikers sweep Cutthroats

     Carey’s varsity volleyball team spread its 31-kill attack among eight players Tuesday in a 25-21, 25-10, 25-22 home Sawtooth Conference victory over the Sun Valley Community School Cutthroats.

     Senior Noelia Cruz (8 kills in 15 attacks, 9 digs) and junior Kylie Wood (5 kills, 7 digs, 21 assists, 4 aces on 16 serves) led the way for Carey (16-12 overall, 5-2 Sawtooth).

     Contributors were Bailie Morey (7 digs, 2 kills, 2 blocks), Kourtney Black (4 kills on 20 attacks, 4 assists, 9 digs, 3 aces), Shaylee Farnworth (3 blocks), Felicity Black (6 kills, 7 digs, 1 ace), Jane Parke (2 kills) and Marika Versis (6 digs, 1 ace).

     Carey traveled to Castleford Thursday before hosting Dietrich Tuesday, Oct. 15 for “Senior Night” on the Panther floor. The Cutthroats entertain Hansen on Monday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. in Sun Valley.

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