Prep Volleyball Roundup: Rams win three of four at tourney
The 3A Western Slope League’s 10 volleyball teams convened at Grand Junction Central High School Friday and Saturday for the circuit’s first league tournament.
With volleyball turning away from district play this season, the league opted to hold a season-ending tournament to get its teams a few more matches.
Gunnison claimed the tourney, winning all four of its weekend matches.
Here’s a rundown of how each of Garfield County’s four 3A WSL teams fared:
Roaring Fork won three of its four weekend matches, losing only to Gunnison.
In a 25-20, 25-13, 25-10 win over Rifle on Friday, the Rams were led by Hattie Gianinetti’s 12 kills. Megan Gianinetti added 10. Madison Handy served five aces and Megan Gianinetti had four. Taylor Adams finished with 22 assists.
Also on Friday, Roaring Fork blew past Moffat County in three (25-9, 25-13, 25-20). Hattie Gianinetti had eight kills and Rosa Maun belted seven. Adams had 22 assists in that one. Jose Horn finished with 13 digs and Caitlin Kinney 12.
Hattie Gianinetti’s 12 kills and four aces led the Rams in a 25-20, 25-15, 25-17 win over Coal Ridge on Saturday. Maun added four blocks and Adams had 27 assists. Handy had 17 digs.
In Roaring Fork’s 25-22, 25-20, 25-14 loss to league champion Gunnison, Hattie Gianinetti led the way with 11 kills. Megan Gianinetti had four aces and Adams had 27 assists. Handy and Megan Gianinetti each had 11 digs.
The Rams enter the postseason with a 20-3 record. They’ll learn where they’re headed for regionals when the Colorado High School Activities Association releases pairings today.
Coal Ridge kicked off the tournament with Friday wins over Basalt and Olathe (23-25, 25-18, 14-25, 25-21, 15-8). The Titans dropped their two Saturday matches, falling to both Gunnison (25-19, 25-18, 25-18) and Roaring Fork (25-20, 25-15, 25-17).
Coal Ridge ended the regular season with a 17-6 record.
Grand Valley took two of its four weekend matches, defeating Cedaredge (25-23, 25-19, 25-21) and Rifle (25-17, 25-18, 25-10).
Against Cedaredge, Kyra Chenoweth smacked nine kills and Kayla Fredrich and Lyndsey Andersen belted seven apiece. Tarianna Lawrence finished with 24 assists.
In beating Rifle, Chenoweth led the way with eight kills. Desi McGee had three aces and Lawrence finished with 17 assists.
The Cardinals lost to both Gunnison (25-14, 25-14, 25-9) and to Olathe (25-13, 25-23, 25-15).
Against Gunnison, Chenoweth led Grand Valley with eight kills. Lawrence had 14 assists and 13 digs.
Versus Olathe, Andersen racked up six kills. Jordan Scott tallied three blocks and Lawrence had 14 assists.
The Cardinals wrapped the regular season with an 8-15 record.
Rifle dropped three of four matches in Junction.
The Bears beat Moffat County (19-25, 25-15, 22-25, 25-17, 15-9) and lost to Roaring Fork (25-20, 25-13, 25-10), Olathe (25-20, 25-8, 25-9) and Grand Valley (25-17, 25-18, 25-10).
Rifle ended its regular season at 6-17.
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