Titans sweep past Cardinals
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – Coal Ridge volleyball coach Scott Black is glad he doesn’t have to face the serving attack his Titans have been unleashing on opponents as of late.
“I couldn’t pass that stuff,” the team’s fourth-year head coach joked. “I’m glad they’re on my side.”
Racking up nine service aces, Coal Ridge made quick work of visiting Grand Valley on Thursday, winning by game counts of 25-11, 25-12 and 25-17.
The win pushed the Titans to 5-1 on the week-old season. Their only loss came to defending Class 2A state champion Lutheran at last weekend’s Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs.
“I think we’re very much headed in the right direction,” Black said. “I think we’re still playing, as a whole, mediocre, but we’re still beating teams in three. I think we have a lot of potential left, and I like that a lot.”
Black’s youthful, height-blessed squad jumped on Grand Valley early and never looked back.
Paige Ryan and Casey Goldade each belted four kills to lead Coal Ridge’s net attack. Rebecca Mitchell and Britni Allen finished with three kills apiece and Maggie Bell had 15 assists.
Like her coach, Bell believes the Titans are trending in the right direction.
“We’re getting more together as a team,” the sophomore setter said. “We’ve come together more and just gotten better as a team.”
Kyra Chenoweth’s five kills led the Cardinals, who dipped to 2-3 on the season. Thursday’s match did not count in the 3A Western Slope League standings.
“We’re young,” Grand Valley coach Dave Walck said. “Coal Ridge’s team is young, too, but they’re more balanced. We’ve just got a lot of work to do. I’m hoping the kids aren’t afraid of the work. That’s what I’m hoping for.”
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