Lady Devils shine in Pink Out home finale

Members of the EHS volleyball team surround Jaylie Critchfield (No. 2) following Critchfield’s match-ending ace Saturday against Riverton. The Lady Devils won the match 3-1; it was the final home match of the season for Evanston. (HERALD PHOTO/Don Cogger)

Losses to Cody, Star Valley bookend exciting home win

It was a busy weekend for the Evanston High School volleyball team, who split a pair of matches with Cody and Riverton at home Friday and Saturday, then began the week Tuesday with a loss at Star Valley.
The Lady Devils (7-25, 1-5 in 4A Southwest) closed out the home portion of their schedule in impressive fashion Saturday afternoon, beating Riverton (10-13, 0-3 in 4A Northwest) 3-1 in the annual Pink Night match. Evanston welcomed in No. 3 Cody (18-1, 2-1 in 4A Northwest) the previous night, playing the Fillies tough in a 3-0 loss; Tuesday, the team traveled to Star Valley (22-8, 5-0 in 4A Southwest), losing another tough contest to the Lady Braves, 3-0.
“I’m proud of the girls — we keep talking about the process of where we want to ultimately be, and now that girls are healthy, we’re getting close,” said EHS head coach Tera Lawlar. “We’re getting the team out on the court, and it’s starting to happen for us. They can feel that they’re starting to come together as a team, so now the focus has shifted – before, it was trying to get everyone healthy and able to play together; now, they’re seeing some snippets of greatness, and they’re excited about what they can do. The bar has been raised, and they’re giving themselves another challenge.”
The Lady Devils traveled to Green River (7-14, 1-3 in 4A Southwest) Thursday for the penultimate conference match of the season; they’ll close out conference play Saturday at Jackson (11-16, 1-4 in 4A Southwest).
“We need to make sure we serve tough and put pressure on Green River,” Lawlar said. “Green River plays really clean volleyball – if they get out of system, they still get the ball over on the opponents’ side. They don’t make a lot of silly errors. We need to go aggressive and be confident – we need to remember the team that played Cody and Riverton, and be that again.”

Lady Devils 3,
Riverton 1
Saturday’s home finale