Coal Ridge volleyball breezes by Bears in three straight
The Coal Ridge Lady Titans volleyball team took the first critical step Tuesday in a final week of regular-season play they hope will land them in the regional round of the 3A playoffs come next week.
Coal Ridge downed the winless Rifle Bears at home in three straight sets on senior night to kick off spring homecoming week.
The Titans were “steady and aggressive,” in coach Aimee Gerber’s words, dominating from the opening serve to win by commanding scores of 25-6, 25-11, 25-14.
The senior quintet of Taylor Wiescamp, Brecken Guccini, Phoebe Young, Ari Cornejo and Kallie Bumgardner filled the stats book.
Guccini finished with 10 aces and 10 kills and Young had eight kills and 12 digs. Wiescamp added seven kills and was her usual defending force at the net with four blocks.
Cornejo picked up 19 digs in the back-row position, and team setter Bumgardner had 18 assists.
Sophomore Emma Morgan picked up 14 assists and five kills.
Coal Ridge (8-4 overall, 6-2 in the 3A Western Slope League) closes out the league slate at home against Aspen on Thursday, then travels to play 5A Fruita Monument Saturday.
The non-league affair could have bearing on the final RPI power ranking for Coal Ridge before the 24-team 3A tournament field is selected. Coming into the week, the Titans were sitting in the No. 26 spot.
In other volleyball action Tuesday night:
Palisade 3, Glenwood Springs 0
The Demons fell on the road in three straight to 4A league-leading foe Palisade, 25-16, 25-19, 25-21.
Glenwood (5-7, 3-5) wraps up the season at home Friday night against Eagle Valley.
Delta 3, Grand Valley 0
In 3A league play, Delta defeated the visiting Grand Valley Cardinals in three straight by scores of 25-12, 25-18, 25-21. The Cardinals (4-8, 3-4) conclude the season at home against Moffat County on Thursday, followed by a road game at Gunnison on Saturday.
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Fans, players and coaches on both sides of Stubler Memorial Field seemed to know it would come down just the way it did, regardless of who had the ball at the end.