Coal Ridge fares well in all-WSL volleyball
Coal Ridge High School’s volleyball team had its best season in the school’s short history this past fall.
That said, it only makes sense that the Titans had more award winners than ever when the Class 3A all-Western Slope League team was announced following the completion of the 2013 season.
Coal Ridge, which finished the season with a 19-6 overall record, had four players named to the all-league team. Six players total were recognized by the panel of league coaches thanks to the Titans’ second-place finish in the league standings, more than any other Garfield County volleyball team.
The Coal Ridge players named to the all-league team included junior setter Maggie Bell, junior libero Leah Kanakaraj, senior right-side hitter Alicia Hampton and senior outside hitter Jacklyn Collins.
Grand Valley, Roaring Fork and Rifle each had one all-league award winner. Grand Valley junior outside hitter Kyra Chenoweth earned all-league honors for the second consecutive season. Also earning all-league honors was Roaring Fork senior outside hitter Taila Howe and Rifle senior outside hitter Jordan Cody.
Plenty of other Garfield County volleyball players earned honorable mention honors, too.
Coal Ridge junior outside hitter Bailey Davis, along with her teammate, junior middle hitter Britini Allen, earned an honorable-mention nod.
Also earning an honorable mention were three Grand Valley players: freshman setter Kylyn Rigsby, junior outside hitter Megan Smith, and junior middle hitter Megan Smith.
Roaring Fork had a pair of honorable-mention winners. Rams senior setter Toni Gross, along with Roaring Fork senior libero Josie Horn, were honorable mentions.
Rifle senior setter Sarah McCutchan also earned honorable mention.
Gunnison, which won the 3A WSL championship, had four all-league players and a pair of honorable mentions like Coal Ridge.
The Cowboys’ coach, Shana Benson, was named the coach of the year, and Gunnison senior setter Sydney Archleta was named the league’s player of the year.
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