High School volleyball is under way, and Rigby and Ririe teams feel they’ve had a tremendous start to the season.
As of Thursday, Rigby had a 10-4 record and took third place during a Labor Day tournament in Pocatello.
“We’ve beat quite a few local teams and our season is just really getting started,” said Coach Ashlee Andersen.
She has four seniors that are all solid players and starters on the varsity squad. Two serve as team captains—Kenadee French, a setter, and Mateya Mobley, a middle hitter. Kennedy Good is an outside hitter. Summer Dabell is the libero. She wears a different colored jersey and always plays on the back row.
“She’s our rock star defender,” Andersen said. “We’re a really scrappy team on our defense. We’ve got some tall girls that throw up some good blocks. Our defense is our strength right now.”
Andersen said she also has some strong hitters.
“We’ve got some great middle hitters. They’re the ones that really put it down for me,” she said. “What has made this team be successful so far is how they have gelled together as a team. They work really well together. They’re very positive with each other and they’ve got a great energy.”
She said their goal for the season is to make it to state this year.
“I believe we have a great chance. We are working hard to do that and to improve. I believe we will do great things this season.”
Ririe Coach Kathryn Nelson is also optimistic for the season.
“I’m just really proud of these girls so far. They are a great bunch of young ladies. They have teamwork and chemistry. They are great in games and practices,” she said. “I’m planning on having a great season, but don’t want to jinx it.”
Ririe is 2-2 so far, and Nelson says they are taking it one game at a time and trying to play their best.
Nelson says they have a young team but they have good hitters, they play smart on the net, they have good passers and they talk and are scrappy on the court. They also have good team unity.
“Overall we’re hitting every area where we need to,” she said.
Brylei Harris and Cassidy Parkinson are the two returning seniors who are captains and leaders of the varsity and even junior varsity teams.
Nelson’s goals are to keep building the program and to share their love of volleyball.
“As a coach you want to do well and win, but you also want them to learn the skills they can apply to succeed in life,” she said. “You’ve got to enjoy the game. Sometimes it’s hard to find the balance.”
Efforts to reach the West Jefferson coach were unsuccessful.