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District tourney not kind to Rams

GRAND JUNCTION – This was not the way it was supposed to end. Roaring Fork’s volleyball team watched their 2005 volleyball season come to an unhappy and unfulfilled conclusion when the Rams were eliminated in pool play at the Class 3A, District 5 tournament Saturday.Playing in the tougher of two pools in the six-team tournament, the Rams won one game in seven tries in separate pool-play matches against Aspen and Basalt. Roaring Fork fell in straight games (25-21, 27-25, 25-21) to the Skiers, then fell 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-12, 25-17) to Basalt afterwards. In both matches, the Skiers and the Longhorns made easy scores by taking advantage of back-row problems plaguing Roaring Fork. “We had a difficult time with our serve-receive,” said Rams coach Karen Crownhart. “I tried several things to try and fix it, but we just passed really bad today. It hurt us because we just couldn’t get our offense going.” Roaring Fork was in a position to win each game in the Aspen match, but their inability to return volleys from the back of the court made it hard to maintain a lead.The Rams’ problems continued to haunt them in the Basalt match.”Basalt saw it when Aspen played us, and they did the exact same thing to us because we served and passed poorly,” Crownhart said.The Longhorns broke a 15-all tie in game one by outscoring Roaring Fork 6-2 in a key stretch. In that run, Aspen’s Dayne Toney and Samantha Christensen scored four points to take a 22-16 lead, then never allowed the lead to shrink to less than four points the rest of the way.Roaring Fork was at their best in game two.Kills from Erica Pelland and Sarah Armstrong, combined with a pair of Aspen unforced errors, sparked a 6-0 scoring run to pull the Rams out to a 10-4 lead. Roaring Fork extended the distance to 10 points at one point, then needed a final push from Ashley Jammeron and Armstrong for the win after Basalt got within two points of the Rams.Armstrong had a match-high 12 kills. Pelland and Jammeron added five and four kills each, respectively.Basalt returned the favor the next game.The ‘Horns grabbed a 10-point lead midway through game three. Instead of making things interesting, Basalt scored nine of the next 13 points for their largest single-game victory of the match.Toney – the team’s kill leader – Baily Holmes and Elizabeth Nemiec helped Basalt wrap up pool play with a 25-17 win. The victory advanced the Longhorns to a semifinal match against Gunnison.


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