Delta hangs on for volleyball win at Roaring Fork in battle for 3A league lead
In a key 3A Western Slope League game Thursday night, the Roaring Fork Rams took the league-leading Delta Panthers to five sets, falling 15-12 in the tie-breaker but hanging their heads high coming off the Carbondale court.
“I felt like a couple of the balls could have gone either way, so that’s tough when you’re in such a tight game like that,” longtime Rams coach Karen Crownhart said.
“We come out and we stay positive and don’t give up, and sometimes you win, sometimes you lose,” she said. “But this team has the attitude to keep fighting every ball, and that’s all you can ask for.”
After dropping the first set 25-20, Roaring Fork took control of a back-and-forth duel in the second, overcoming a 20-19 deficit to outscore the Panthers 5-2 – senior Bella Brown’s two-hander to the floor in back of the Delta defense providing the momentum.
Another tight battle in set three saw the Rams come from behind to within four points before the Panthers regained control and won 25-20, setting up a set four thriller.
After a dink shot to the floor pulled the Rams to within one, 18-17, junior Ruby Denning’s serve found the back line for an ace and Roaring Fork had the edge. Denning was later called for a push shot making it 23-23, but she stood tall for a block a couple of points later to notch it at 24-24.
Brown’s cross-net shot made it 26-25, and a net call against Delta helped loft the home team to a 28-26 set win to send it to the 15-point tie-breaker.
Roaring Fork had the advantage early, building a 4-2 lead, but Delta chipped away and grabbed the lead, ultimately taking the 15-7 win for the match.
It’s been a building process for Roaring Fork with a young group of players who have been playing volleyball together for several years.
“It’s fun to watch,” Crownhart said. “This group just gets better every year. It would be nice to be a little stronger, jump a little higher, serve it in more, all those things. But attitude is huge.”
Brown finished the game with 15 kills, while Denning notched 10 kills to go with her three blocks. Sophomore Erica Crownhart and junior Nora Lingren had three serving aces, each.
The Rams fall to 9-5, 2-1 in the league, while Delta improved to 11-2 and 5-0.
Glenwood volleyball back on track with wins at Battle Mountain, Summit
The Glenwood Springs High School volleyball team scored another five-set comeback win on the road Tuesday at Battle Mountain and downed Summit 3-1 on Thursday to keep pace in the competitive 4A Western Slope League.
After suffering two straight losses last week, the Lady Demons regrouped from an 0-2 set deficit to take the match over the host Huskies, 17-25, 20-25, 29-27, 25-20 and 15-12 in the tie-breaker set.
Junior Rilyn Goluba recorded 13 kills on the night, while senior Siri Henderson had nine and juniors Tess Goscha and Bailey Winder had seven apiece, according to a coaches’ stats report to Maxpreps Colorado.
Goscha also had three aces from behind the serving line for the Demons, and Winder and senior Mattea Enewold combined for nine blocks.
In addition, Henderson, Enewold and junior Zoe Hyatt-Worley combined for 31 digs.
On Thursday at Summit, the Demons got off to a strong start, winning the first two sets 25-22 and 25-17 before dropping the third 23-25 and hanging tough for the two-point win in the fourth, 27-25.
Goluba finished with 15 kills on the night and Henderson had 11.
Glenwood Springs (11-3, 3-3 in league) hosts the league-leading Eagle Valley Devils ( 10-6, 6-0) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium at GSHS.
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