Volleyball Rams roll to 12th win of 2011
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – Roaring Fork’s volleyball program lost tons of talent from last year’s team, a squad that went 23-5 and made an appearance at the 3A state tournament in Denver.
So far in 2011, the Rams are showing they still have plenty of talent left over. On Thursday, they improved to 12-1, both overall and in 3A Western Slope League play, with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-19 win at Coal Ridge.
With five league matches left to play, Roaring Fork is still very much in the mix for a third straight 3A WSL title.
“I think the program is staying strong,” junior Taylor Adams said. “We’re all playing together. I feel like we’re really united as a team.”
Adams and the Rams were certainly on the same page Thursday, jumping out to a 7-1 lead in the opening game. Coal Ridge cut it to as close as 15-11 at one point, but never seriously threatened.
The Titans took an early 4-1 advantage in the second game, but Roaring Fork rattled off the next seven points to take an 8-5 lead. A 6-0 run for the Rams broke an 8-all tie that swung the momentum in their favor for good.
Though the Titans played Roaring Fork close in the early stages of the third, the Rams trailed only once in the final set.
Coal Ridge coach Scott Black isn’t sure what happened to his team on Thursday.
“We’ve been playing a lot better lately,” said the coach, whose team dropped to 9-5 overall and to 9-4 in league play. “They’ve been so good at practice. Our offense has been better. Our defense has been better. Our blocking’s been better. We couldn’t pass … tonight. We couldn’t set. … That stuff has been very consistent.”
Hattie Gianinetti’s eight kills paced the Rams’ attack up front. Adams finished with 16 assists and Kenia Pinela racked up eight digs. As a team, Roaring Fork had 14 aces, seven blocks and 30 digs.
On deck for the Rams are a pair of Saturday matches. At noon, they’ll host Olathe. At 6 p.m., Gunnison visits Carbondale.
Both matches will go a long way in deciding who’s crowned the league champ. Olathe is the only team to beat Roaring Fork so far this season. Like the Rams, the Pirates have just one league loss. Gunnison is right behind the two with two league defeats.
Win both Saturday matches and the Rams could well be on their way to another league title.
“We’re in the driver’s seat,” coach Carrie Shultz said. “We can control whether or not we win league. It’s not dependent on anyone else winning or losing.”
Coal Ridge will also face Gunnison and Olathe on Saturday. The former visits Peach Valley at noon and the latter at 6 p.m.
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