‘Dogs put the bite on Rams | PostIndependent.com

‘Dogs put the bite on Rams

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson Roaring Fork's Taylor Wagner (19) and Ashley Jammaron (21) jump to block Hotchkiss' Jessica Miller during Saturday's game. The Rams lost, 3-1.

CARBONDALE – If Roaring Fork High School was going to beat the Hotchkiss volleyball team, who entered the match 9-0 in the Class 3A Western Slope League, they needed to do one thing: Stop senior outside hitter Silke Watson.Even though the Rams limited Watson to six kills, it was only enough to win one game as they dropped the match 3-1 (25-20, 27-25, 22-25, 25-18) on Saturday afternoon. “She (Watson) had some good hits, but so did we,” said Roaring Fork head coach Karen Crownhart. “You are never going to completely shut down a player like that, but I was happy with how we played her.”

Last time the Rams (6-4 WSL, 11-6 overall) faced the Bulldogs on Sept. 24, Watson had nine kills, two blocks and one ace in Hotchkiss’ three-game (25-23, 25-16, 25-16) victory. Saturday’s match was completely different. “She didn’t control the game like she did the last time we played them,” Crownhart said.After losing game one, the Rams came out attacking in games two and three. They silenced Watson, and behind solid play from senior Sarah Armstrong and junior Erica Pelland, who had six kills apiece, Roaring Fork pulled out a win in game three and almost earned another in game two. Service errors by the Rams resulted in a momentum shift back in Hotchkiss’ favor that was enough for the Bulldogs to secure a victory in game four.

“Serves killed us tonight,” Crownhart said. “We played a great team. We fell apart at the end, our play went down. Our serves were not so good.”Hotchkiss moves to 10-0 in league and 13-3 overall with the win and remains atop the WSL standings.”Hotchkiss has lots of confidence. They win every game and we have lost a few, so they have more confidence than we do.”

Roaring Fork will take the court against Meeker on Tuesday before concluding league play on Thursday and Friday with games against Olathe and Cedaredge. The WSL District Tournament will take place Oct. 28-29, and the Rams will use the next three games to prepare.”We need to work on mental togetherness,” Crownhart said. “Everything we need to improve on, we can.”In the event that the Rams will be matched up with Hotchkiss again in the tournament, Crownhart feels good about her team’s chances. “These two teams (Roaring Fork and Hotchkiss) … If we show up, this could be a battle to the end. I think we are just as talented as they are.”

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