PREP ROUNDUP: Coal Ridge tops Delta on Senior Night in four sets; Rifle volleyball falls to Basalt in four sets | PostIndependent.com

PREP ROUNDUP: Coal Ridge tops Delta on Senior Night in four sets; Rifle volleyball falls to Basalt in four sets

Taking on the Delta Panthers Tuesday night in New Castle at Coal Ridge High School on Senior Night, the Coal Ridge Titans girls volleyball team picked up a four-set win over the visiting Panthers, winning by scores of 21-25, 25-14, 25-13, and 25-14, locking up the 3A Western Slope League championship with an undefeated record, giving the Titans back-to-back league championships, and three in four years under head coach Aimee Gerber.

Against the Panthers, senior Kara Morgan led the way with 11 kills and 14 digs, while senior Kenzie Crawford dished out 31 assists and recorded eight aces.

Junior Lyanna Nevarez continued her strong run of play, chipping in eight kills and two aces, while sophomore Taylor Wiescamp added 10 kills and three blocks.

Coal Ridge 13-5 (9-0 3A WSL) travels to Fruita Monument Thursday for a nonleague matchup against the Wildcats before hosting the Titan Invitational Oct. 26-27.

VOLLEYBALL

Basalt 3, Rifle 1

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Hosting the Basalt Longhorns Tuesday evening for a nonleague matchup in Rifle, the Rifle Bears volleyball team fell in four sets, losing by scores of 26-24, 17-25, 22-25, and 20-25.

Against the Longhorns, sophomore Mackenzie Elizardo led the way with nine kills, while sophomore Caitlin Asperio chipped win with 16 digs. Senior Nikala Fitzsimmons continued her strong stretch of play as a setter, recording 27 assists on the night.

Rifle 1-19 (0-10 4A WSL) hosts Eagle Valley Thursday night in a league matchup at 6:30 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER

Grand Junction Central 2, Rifle 1

Traveling to Clifton Tuesday afternoon to take on the Grand Junction Central Warriors, the Rifle Bears soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision against the Warriors in a game that the Bears saw a number of chances come up empty.

In the loss to the Warriors, senior Esteban Espino scored the lone goal for the Bears.