EVANSTON — Red Devils volleyball ran their 4A West Conference leading record to 8-0, and are 16-4 on the season, as they dispatched the Riverton Lady Wolverines in a three-set sweep, 25-20, 25-20, 25-13, on Saturday, Oct. 6. They also swept Riverton in conference-season competition, as they have managed with every other 4A West member but the Casper schools, where they’ll have the opportunity to do so this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13, on the road.
Evanston boasted six service aces against the Wolverines, with two each from Kortney Freeland and Hailey O’Neill. Freeland led the team with 17 kills and McKensie Herold had 11 digs. The win wasn’t as close as the three-set win in Riverton the Saturday before, 25-23, 25-22, 25-23, but Evanston volleyball had extra incentive against the team the coaching staff believes are the second best in the 4A West. It was the last home court appearance for six seniors — Kortney Freeland, McKensie Herold, Meghan Cranford, Mackenzee Barker, Jacolby Thibodeaux and Emily Hansen — and they desired to give the hometown crowd a treat in their last outing in the friendly confines of the Evanston gym. Mission accomplished.
In the process, Evanston has strung together 14 consecutive victories, if the pool play games of the Star Valley Invitational are factored in. They have not lost since Sept. 11, to Star Valley, a setback they avenged during that 14-game win-streak.
Going into the final weekend of the regular season, the standings look like this:
• Evanston: 8-0, 16-4
• Kelly Walsh: 5-2, 16-12
• Riverton: 4-5, 10-13
• Green River: 2-5, 9-15
• Natrona: 2-5, 9-19
• Rock Springs: 2-6, 11-12
Evanston will battle with Natrona County on Friday night, with the varsity squads scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. High noon on Saturday will be the showdown between number one and number two in the 4A West at Kelly Walsh High School.
With the victory over Rock Springs on Oct. 2, Evanston is already assured of at least a second place finish in the conference, meaning a bye in the first round at the regional tournament in Rock Springs, Oct. 19 and 20, and they’ve punched their ticket to state, Oct. 25-27, in Casper.