Lady Wolves Survive Tenacious Rock Springs Comeback

Lady Wolves Survive Tenacious Rock Springs Comeback

ROCK SPRINGS – There is nothing like a five-set thriller to open conference play and that is exactly what the Green River Lady Wolves and Rock Springs Lady Tigers gave to fans Thursday night. An early Green River lead would quickly diminish but in the end, it would be the Lady Wolves prevailing.

The ladies of Green River looked strong early as the took the first two sets. The first game opened with both teams trading points. Strong net play by Green River’s Kaitlyn Banks and Taylor Stoeger would move the Lady Wolves in front. Lady Tigers Lindsey Pearson and Amrey Plemel would fight to keep Rock Springs close but Andri Dewey would serve out the first set giving the Lady Wolves the 25-16 win.

With Pearson serving and solid net play by Sarye Thomas and Selena Cudney, Rock Springs would jump out early in the second set, 8-5. Green River would battle back and a kill by Eliza Morin would put the Lady Wolves up, 13-12. From there, Green River would continue to work while the Lady Tigers looked a little shaky. Plemel would try to spark a late rally for Rock Springs but a Stoeger kill would put Green River up two games to none.

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The Lady Tigers were not ready to call it a night yet as Pearson came out firing in the third. Two kills had the Lady Tigers up early 5-1. A small Lady Wolves rally was killed by the big hitting of  Bailee Radakovich as Rock Springs was able to keep Green River just out of reach.  

Banks would lead the Lady Wolves back but strong serving by Morgan Doporto and net play by Thomas and Radakovich would keep the ladies of Rock Springs out front. Bailey Johnson would also provide a spark for Rock Springs with solid play in the third game. She would help pull the Lady Tigers to within one game with the 25-20 win.

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Like the first two games, the two teams started set four even with Cudney and Wolves Mallory Seymour trading points at the net. Behind the strong serving of Stoeger, the ladies of Green River would jump out to an eight-point lead and looked in control.

It would take an entire team effort and that is exactly what Rock Springs Head Coach Stephanie Hardesty would get from her Lady Tigers. Behind the serving of Sidney Reese and a diving defensive effort, Rock Springs clawed back.

Thomas would be instrumental in the Rock Springs comeback and with her serving, the Lady Tigers would catch Green River and pull ahead. Banks would pull  Green River to within one late , 24-23, but Radakovich would even it at two sets with the kill to end it.

Banks and Dewey would put Green River up 2-0 in the deciding set. Bailey Johnson would again spark Rock Springs as they would come back to even it. Rock Springs would look for lines on kills but ended up missing several key shots just out giving Green River the advantage. The Lady Wolves would take advantage and keep Rock Springs just out of reach. In the end, it would be Green River with the three sets to two win over Rock Springs.

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