Prep Roundup: Motivated Cardinals easily top Gunnison in volleyball; Rams sweep Bulldogs
PARACHUTE — Grand Valley High volleyball coach David Walck on Saturday couldn’t have asked for a better response from his team following a lopsided loss the previous Tuesday.
The Cardinals followed their three-set loss to Coal Ridge with a just-as-convincing three-set win over Gunnison, beating the Cowboys 25-21, 25-13, 25-14 in the Class 3A Western Slope League opener for both teams.
“Our philosophy is that we want to honor other teams with our best play,” Walck said. “After that loss to Coal Ridge, they felt like they fell extremely short of that. So we came in and did 5:30 a.m. practices every day and really worked hard. I was very pleased to see the girls put volleyball first this week.”
Kyra Chenoweth finished with eight kills and Jordan Scott added seven for the Cardinals (3-5 overall, 1-0 3A WSL). Also contributing was Grand Valley’s Kylynn Rigsby, who had 24 assists and four blocks, and senior Megan Smith added five aces.
The Cardinals will play again on Tuesday in a nonleague home match against Olathe.
Roaring Fork def. Moffat County 25-20, 25-21, 25-21
CARBONDALE — Lyndsay Hansen had a match-high 11 kills and Leelah Ahumada added nine kills, three block assists and six aces to lead the Rams (3-3, 1-0 Class 3A WSL) over the Bulldogs in the league opener for both teams.
Lily Ramos had 15 digs and four aces, Grace Brown contributed 11 digs and a pair of aces, and Madilyn Kuhl chipped in five kills, 13 digs and a pair of aces to help Roaring win its second straight match. Ashley Hall added 14 assists.
Roaring Fork plays again on Tuesday in a nonleague match at Rifle during the first part of the Bears’ homecoming week.
Eagle Valley def. Glenwood Springs 25-14, 25-15, 27-25
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Eagle Valley won for the seventh time in its first eight games and remained unbeaten in Class 4A Western Slope league play with its three-set win over Glenwood.
Glenwood coach Sarah Ryan wasn’t pleased with the slow start the Demons got off to, but she complimented the defensive play of Megan Uren and the overall play of Haley Gonzalez for keeping the Demons in the third set. Gonzalez finished with four kills in that set to pace Glenwood.
The Demons fell to 3-5 overall, and 1-1 in league play. The Devils moved to 7-1 and 2-0.
Glenwood will host Battle Mountain on Tuesday.
Rifle falls at Delta softball tournament
DELTA — Rifle High School’s softball team fell to 1-9 overall this season with three losses at the Delta Invitational tournament, which took place Thursday and Friday.
The Bears fell 17-0 to Montezuma-Cortez on Thursday, then dropped decisions of 16-0 to Durango and 10-0 to Palisade on Friday afternoon.
Rifle won its first game of the season on Sept. 6 in a wild 17-16 win over Platte Valley in Berthoud. The Bears had lost their first six games prior to that win.
Rifle will play again on Tuesday when it goes to Delta to play the Panthers.
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It may be by a technicality, but the Valley Valkyries 7s rugby club were the de facto champions of their hosted tournament Saturday.