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GV narrowly misses out on 3rd at home invite

Anthony Dion
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” Six teams made their way out to Parachute for the 2008 version of Grand Valley’s Volleyball Invitational. They included: Grand Valley, Vail Christian, Soroco, Telluride, Paonia and North Park.

The action got underway at roughly 9 a.m. and went on all day, starting with pool play. In Pool A, Grand Valley, Vail Christian and Soroco faced off. Vail Christian held strong here, getting by the host school Cardinals in a long, intense match.

The Cardinals went on to sweep their second match against Soroco, 25-15, 25-16, 25-20. Soroco would finish in last place in the tournament after falling to the Telluride Miners in four games.

When play was over, Vail Christian was 2-0, Grand Valley 1-1 and Soroco 0-2. Vail Christian advanced to the tournament championship to face the winner of Pool B.

In Pool B, Paonia emerged as the top team after going 2-0 against Telluride (0-2) and North Park (1-1). The cross-bracketing matchups were then Vail Christian and Paonia in the championship match, while Grand Valley and North Park were left to battle for third place, with Soroco and Telluride squaring off in that aforementioned last-place match.

Moving over to the cramped auxiliary gym, the Cardinals had an exciting match with North Park as they battled for that third-place trophy.

In a showcase of some great volleyball, the momentum went back and forth throughout each game, as well as the match.

Grand Valley took the first game, 25-17, then dropped the second game, 25-19, as North Park controlled the action around the net.

The Cardinals weren’t about to give up, though, and in the critical third game they pulled out a hard-fought 25-20 win. But, just when it looked like the Cardinals had the Wildcats on the ropes, North Park came back and snatched victory from the host school’s grasp with a 25-19, 15-11 finish.

For the match, Grand Valley was led by sophomore Sam James, who contributed 16 kills, and senior Brittney Garcia, who dished out 29 assists. Also contributing for the Cardinals were junior Caitlin Brady, who had six kills. Junior Karmen Steimel had nine kills, sophomore Jessica Bell had four and junior Erin Vanderpool added five more.

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