Prep notebook: Roaring Fork volleyball team grabs hold of team concept |

Prep notebook: Roaring Fork volleyball team grabs hold of team concept

Jon Mitchell
Post Independent Sports Editor

Team play is a concept that’s really caught on with the Roaring Fork High School volleyball team.

That was pretty evident on Tuesday when the Rams played a Class 3A Western Slope League match at Moffat County, where they prevailed in four sets.

“Everyone is putting their heart and soul into playing volleyball. Good volleyball,” Roaring Fork coach Jenn Dority said. “And it’s paying off.”

Granted, Roaring Fork did it against a winless Moffat County squad, but there were balanced contributions all the way around.

Rosa Maun had 12 kills, two aces, three solo blocks and two block assists. Diana Flores had seven kills and an ace, Melani Gray had eight kills and eight digs, and Taila Howe had 13 kills, two aces and 17 digs.

And adding onto it was Toni Gross, who had a season-high 41 assists and 11 digs.

But wait, there’s more.

Emily Fuller added 10 kills, and Josie Horn had 32 digs in the victory.

“You can see from the stats it was a well-balanced team effort,” Dority said. “We’re playing well and having fun. Our moments of greatness are multiplying.”

Roaring Fork will try to continue those moments of greatness with a nonleague home match at 5 p.m. today against Eagle Valley, with the Roaring Fork Homecoming football game following at 7 p.m.

Roaring Fork hosts Homecoming game, WSL opener

Speaking of football, the Rams (2-2 overall), who finished nonleague play with a 28-6 loss to Ridge View Academy this past Saturday, will host the Eagles (3-1) in their Class 1A Western Slope League opener.

The Rams have actually done better in its nonleague schedule against larger schools. They opened the season with a 13-0 win at 2A Basalt, then followed that with a 20-17 victory over Aspen, which is ranked No. 10 in this week’s Class 2A football poll.

That, however, was followed by a 41-0 loss at Monte Vista, the No. 6-ranked team in 1A. The loss to Ridge View, a correctional school on the outskirts of Denver, followed.

Roaring Fork coach Tory Jensen said, in essence, that the 1A WSL might be stronger than the 2A WSL.

Following Friday’s game, Roaring Fork will play league games against Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Meeker, all of which are ranked in the 1A state polls.

Homecoming comes to Glenwood Springs, too

All the pomp and circumstance of Homecoming week is happening at GSHS this week, also.

Glenwood (1-3 overall, 1-2 Class 3A WSL) will host No. 9-ranked Delta (3-1, 2-0) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Demons this past Friday snapped a three-game losing streak with a 37-10 victory at Steamboat Springs.

Delta, which last season advanced all the way to the Class 3A quarterfinals — one win away from hosting Rifle in the state semis — earned a 53-7 league victory over Moffat County this past Friday.

The Demons didn’t allow an offensive touchdown against Steamboat Springs until the fourth quarter. Glenwood’s defense has allowed 14 points or fewer in three of its four games this year. The unit’s most notable performance was Sept. 13 in a 13-7 loss to Rifle against a Bears offensive squad which, going into today’s game at Battle Mountain, is averaging 46 points per game.

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