Bears cap volleyball season with home win
RIFLE — Rifle High School’s volleyball won its first home match of the season, and it came in the nick of time.
Tara Ruggles finished with a match-high 12 kills to go with a six-kill, two-block performance from Annie Schmidt for the Bears, who closed out the season with a 25-17, 25-17, 26-24 win for their first home victory of the year.
“This was a great way for us to end the season,” said Rifle coach Erin Reider, whose team had posted each of its previous three victories on the road. “And the great thing is that we continued to improve as the season went on.”
The Bears (4-19 overall, 2-12 Class 4A Western Slope League) also got five kills from Cheyanne Whaley, plus four aces and 13 assists from Erica Salazar. Ksan Brookman added seven digs and Cheyanne Miller added a pair of blocks.
Summit (3-15, 2-12 league) will end its season with a nonleague match at home against Littleton on Saturday.
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Eagle Valley def. Glenwood Springs 26-24, 25-19, 25-15
GYPSUM — The Demons (7-13, 5-9 4A WSL) had leads in both the first and second sets, but the Devils (19-4, 12-2) rallied in each set to come away with the sweep and win the league championship.
Glenwood led by as many as five points in the second set before Eagle Valley rallied. Demons coach Sarah Ryan said it was her team’s effort on defense that kept it competitive throughout the match.
The Demons finish the regular season on Saturday at a tournament at Evergreen High School.
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