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Cedaredge overcomes Roaring Fork defense

CARBONDALE – Down two games to none, the Roaring Fork volleyball team did everything it could to mount a comeback.The Rams dove for digs, hustled all over the floor and defended the net like they had nothing to lose. Their efforts won them a game and came close to forcing a fifth, but didn’t turn out to be enough in the end as Cedaredge took Saturday’s Class 3A Western Slope League match in four games (25-23, 25-13, 19-25, 25-17). “We fought really hard. Sometimes, we just can’t finish the game,” said Roaring Fork head coach Kacey Daugherty. “We get up and then we get in spots where we can’t finish it or we get down and it’s hard for us to get back out of that hole.”Defense was the Rams’ strong point in the match, as Roaring Fork compiled 14 blocks and 14 digs. Junior Leslie French led the Rams with six blocks while Rebecca Roeber added three. Libero Brenda Bamford scooped five digs, while Erica Pelland recorded an additional four.”Our blocking has improved so much, and our digging,” Daugherty said. “We are a scrappy team, we go for anything. It’s awesome.”Pelland started the Rams on the right foot by slamming seven kills in game one. Although Roaring Fork controlled the momentum, just like Daugherty said, it had trouble finishing. Down 12-7 midway through the game, the Bruins rallied back to take a 25-23 win.The Rams committed multiple errors in game two and quickly found themselves down 18-7. The hole was too big for Roaring Fork to climb out of. “At the net, we were good,” French said. “I think we just had a few communication issues.”The Rams didn’t give up however.In game three, they bounced back on a strong kill by Pelland, who finished with a match-high 16 kills, and blocking from Kali Chesnut and French, who finished with seven kills and six blocks. Cedaredge used all of its timeouts looking for a solution to put the match away, but Roaring Fork didn’t let them back in. In the fourth game, Roaring Fork hustled all over the court, saving balls, continuing play after balls hit the ceiling. Unforced errors bit them in the foot as the game went on and Cedaredge slowly pulled away. During the entirety of the match, the Rams smiled and reflected the joy they get from playing the game of volleyball.”(This season has) been fun and when were down, we try to get up, but it’s bad when you’re down two games,” French said. “We want to dig for every ball and fight for every point.”The Rams ended their regular season Saturday night with another match against Olathe. Results from the match were unavailable at press time.Roaring Fork will now play in the WSL District Tournament at Grand Junction Central on Friday at Saturday. League champion Gunnison is already guaranteed one of the WSL’s two spots in regionals, so Roaring Fork will battle the six other WSL teams for the final spot. “I hope we can finish out strong,” Daugherty said. “We are so close to finishing right now.”


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