River Valley junior Emily Todd (#4) - hammers down a kill in Wednesday's tournament win over Woodbury Central, as teammates Kayla Simons (#5) and Katie Carnes (#1) look on. Photo by Reta Todd.
ALTA - The River Valley Wolverines won an exciting District Tournament semifinal match against Woodbury Central here on Wednesday by game scores of 26-24, 23-25, 23-25, 25-21, 16-14.
Wolverine coach Marlene Baumann described the match as "awesome," and added that "everyone contributed to the win."
"The fifth game," said the veteran coach, "was something you only dream of." In that game, RV was down by 11-2, but came back to tie it at 11. They then fell behind again, trailing 14-11 - just one point away from a season-ending defeat. At that point, said Baumann, "Jody Peterson and Amber Bauer served us to the win. That, coupled with a great ‘never say die' attitude by the team, allowed us to pull through."
Dig That Ball!
River Valley senior Alissa Slota picks up a dig in Wednesday's exciting tournament win over Woodbury Central. Photo by Reta Todd.
Individually, Bauer had seven ace serves for River Valley; Katie Carnes had 40 assists; Charlee Brewer 36 digs; Emily Todd 17 blocks, with Alissa Slota adding 10 and Carnes nine. Todd had 19 kills to lead RV hitters, and Peterson had 18, Slota eight, and Kaylea Simons seven
The Wolverines will take on Maple Valley Conference rival Galva-Holstein for the District championship Tuesday Oct. 23 in Alta. The Lady Pirates defeated Lawton-Bronson 3-0 in their first-round match on Monday.