Rams fall in tiebreaker at state | PostIndependent.com

Rams fall in tiebreaker at state

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentRoaring Fork's Hattie Gianinetti and Madison Handy go up for a block during Friday's match against Platte Valley. The Rams played Platte Valley again in Pool II's three-way tiebreaker on Saturday.

The Rams got their chance.

After splitting a pair of state volleyball tournament matches at the Denver Coliseum on Friday, Roaring Fork needed Eaton to defeat Platte Valley on Saturday to force a three-way tiebreaker in Class 3A’s Pool II.

Well, Eaton delivered and the Rams got their chance to break pool.

Unfortunately for the Carbondale squad, it was upended by Platte Valley in a one-set playoff, 25-16. Platte Valley went on to defeat Eaton in a one-set showdown for the pool’s semifinal berth.

“We were excited for the opportunity to try to break pool,” Roaring Fork coach Carrie Shultz said by phone Saturday night. “We were glad we got the opportunity to advance.”

After an afternoon loss to Platte Valley on Friday, the Rams bounced back to beat Eaton in the evening to make a three-way tie possible.

“That win was so great yesterday,” Shultz said. “It was such a high moment for the season. For that not to lead to something would have felt empty. To get that opportunity today made it worthwhile. It’s something the girls will never forget.”

Roaring Fork, which wrapped a 23-4 season, will be graduating seven seniors – Caitlin Kinney, Megan Gianinetti, Hattie Gianinetti, Madison Handy, Taylor Adams, Mariah Ahumada and Georgia Ackerman.

“They will certainly be missed,” Shultz said. “They have worked really hard for this opportunity. For a lot of them, this was their second trip to state. Not a lot of kids in Colorado are able to say that. They earned the opportunity to be there.”

Valley won the 3A state title on Saturday night, defeating Gunnison in three games to polish off a 29-0 season.

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