Eagle Valley clinches 4A Western Slope League title with win over Rifle
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
RIFLE, Colorado ” The big hitting of Alex Lassa, Lauren Shreeve and Kacey Bair, among others, was just a little too much for Rifle to handle.
Facing a team on the cusp of clinching a league title, the Bears never really found much in the way of rhythm on the volleyball court against visiting Eagle Valley on Thursday, losing in three games (25-15, 25-17, 25-17).
“The girls seemed ready to play,” Rifle coach Geneva Farr said of her squad. “It just seemed like, once they got out there, they didn’t have any energy.”
On the flip side, Eagle Valley (16-2 overall, 12-1 in league) had plenty in the tank with a chance to clinch the 4A Western Slope League title with a win.
“It’s a tough league to win,” Devils coach Shawn Weatherred said. “We’re not just sitting on that. We’re staying on our goal. Our goals are to take it point by point, game by game, but as a team, we’re proud of the accomplishment.”
Count senior setter Kelsey Foster as one of those mighty proud Devils.
“It’s awesome,” she said. “It’s great that Battle Mountain didn’t get it this year. It’s just kind of unbelievable right now. It feels really good to know that we did it.”
Eagle Valley’s neighboring rival, Battle Mountain (11-2), is locked into the league’s second spot.
While the Devils reveled in their title, the Bears saw their home season come to an end on a night they honored their seniors ” Morgan Patrick, Sandy Samson and Amber Lyons.
It’s a trio Rifle coach Farr will surely miss.
“I can tell you that they worked well together,” she said. “They’re basically our glue.”
Patrick finished with a team-high six kills on the night, while Lyons chipped in two blocks and Samson, the team’s setter, distributed 12 assists and had three blocks.
Other Bears chipping in on Thursday included Kalli Leigh, who finished with eight digs and three blocks, and Adrienne Schmidt, who dug 12 balls.
The Bears, who dropped to 7-11 overall and to 2-11 in the 4A Western Slope League, finish their season Saturday at Battle Mountain.
Eagle Valley wraps its regular season the same day at home against Glenwood Springs.
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.