Titans make quick work of Hotchkiss
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – As she so proudly proclaimed moments after a 3-0 win over Hotchkiss on Thursday, Christa Currier loves her team.
And, the way she played against the visiting Bulldogs, Currier’s Coal Ridge volleyball teammates no doubt love her back.
Spending a good chunk of the third game on the service line and regularly sending hard-struck kills to the floor the rest of the night, Currier and the Titans defeated Hotchkiss, 25-15, 25-13, 25-8.
Currier smacked seven kills and had two blocks. Jessica West, a 5-foot-11 middle hitter just like Currier, finished with 10 kills and Rebecca Mitchell belted six kills as Coal Ridge gave its playoff hopes a boost.
“Becca Mitchell and Jessica West had really good games hitting and, as always, G, our setter, was good,” Currier said. “I really love my team.”
“G” is Titans setter Chasity Gonzales, whose 25 assists fed the big-hitting nights for Currier, West and Mitchell.
The Titans also had help in other areas.
“Our passing,” Coal Ridge coach Scott Black said. “As always, our libero, Kathleen Maldonado, the libero of the year last year, was amazing.”
Coal Ridge (6-6 overall, 6-5 in the 3A Western Slope League) surged ahead early in Thursday’s match, jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the first game and never relenting.
The Titans quickly turned a 5-all tie into a 14-7 lead en route to a runaway win in the second game.
Coal Ridge’s best stretch of play came in the third game.
With Currier stepping to the service line after a Hotchkiss error gave her a team a 7-6 lead, the Titans went on a tear. Currier didn’t leave the line until her team had added 15 – yes, 15 – points to its total.
Comfortably ahead, the Titans were able to finish off the match, which lasted just shy of an hour, in a hurry.
The win pushed Coal Ridge into a tie for fourth place with Grand Valley in the 3A WSL. Five Slope teams will advance to the district round of the state playoffs.
Hotchkiss will not be one of those five teams. The Bulldogs dropped to 1-13, both overall and in league, with Thursday’s defeat. Only four league matches remain for a team that’s short on experience.
“Only one players had ever been on the varsity court,” Bulldogs coach Jamie Hudson said. “The speed of the game picks up immensely [at this level]. The mental challenge is right there with the physical challenge.”
Next up for Hudson’s squad is a Saturday visit from Hotchkiss. Coal Ridge hosts Cedaredge tonight at 5:30 p.m.
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