THOMAS — The two time defending 3A state volleyball champion Snake River Panthers took to the home court for the first time in the 2012 season as they welcomed sixth district rival Sugar-Salem to town for a good old fashioned tussle on the court.
Snake River shook off an uncharacteristically shaky night from the service line as they dispatched with the pesky Diggers in four games 25-23, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-20.
"It wasn't the best serving that I've seen and we definitely figured out that we have a lot of work to do," Snake River head coach Shelli VanOrden said. "We always like to come out with a win though and tonight we were lucky enough to do that."
In the opening two games the two teams see-sawed back and forth with each team making big runs. At one point in the second game Sugar-Salem had built a 10-3 lead only to see Snake River battled back to eventually re-take the lead at 23-22. Unfortunately for the Panthers, the Diggers closed out game two with three straight points for their lone win.
"You know, I just like the way that my team never give up," Coach VanOrden said. "We have just three players who played varsity before and they just never gave up tonight. I'm really proud of them."
Snake River regained the momentum in game three as they opened the game 14-4 and then held off a late charge by the Diggers. A Reagan Martin block sealed the deal for the final point in the 25-20 victory.
Game Four was more of the same as the Diggers took and early lead only to watch it slip away as the big hitters, Brylie Bair, McKenna Shelly and Whitney Dance took aim at the Diggers all the way to the 25-20 win.
Snake River (1-0) will be back in action next Wednesday when they make the long trip to Teton for a showdown with the Redskins.