Grand Valley spikers come up short against Rangely
PARACHUTE – The Cardinals worked to early leads in each game, but couldn’t consistently put up points as Rangely beat the Grand Valley volleyball team, 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-16) in the first action of Class 2A Western Slope League play Friday night.Mascots for each team ran up and down the sidelines, starting the wave, pumping up fans and doing between-game dance-offs, but Grand Valley wasn’t able to turn in a winning performance in its homecoming match.Whitney Ashcraft, Lindsey Tonder and Megan Johnson threw down seven, four and three kills, respectively, but it couldn’t hold up against eight kills from Kirstin Cushman, seven from Brittany Skelton and five blocks from Sara Blackburn. Behind the serving of Brittany Garcia, the Cardinals got out to a 4-0 lead in game one. Despite two aces from Grand Valley, one from Lauren Schubert and one from Amanda Gunter, the Panthers controlled the rest of the game with help from Skelton’s three kills and one block.In game two, Grand Valley put three points on the board before the Panthers scored any, but once again failed to keep the lead. The Cardinals went up 1-0 in the final game, but quickly found themselves down 7-1. The Panther’s presence at the net overwhelmed Grand Valley, who had 10 of their attempted kills blocked. Delta kept increasing the gap in the scoring margin and Grand Valley couldn’t rally back.In all three games, multiple lifting calls hurt the Cardinals, handing the Panthers easy points and killing comeback attempts. Schubert hustled all over the floor for Grand Valley diving for four digs, blocking one ball and killing two more.The Cardinals are off until Sept. 22. They resume the schedule with a league match at Meeker.
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