Prep roundup: Ninth-ranked Titans top Basalt in three sets
BASALT — Bailey Davis, Brittany Allen and Alicia Hampton each had six kills for the Coal Ridge High School volleyball team, which rolled to a 25-15, 25-14, 25-12 victory over Basalt in a Class 3A Western Slope League match on Thursday night.
Jazmine Vega added four kills, Kyrié Foreman chipped in three kills and Leah Kanakaraj chipped in 18 digs for the ninth-ranked Titans (12-1 overall, 5-1 3A WSL), who play a key home match on Saturday afternoon against Olathe (10-2, 3-0 league).
“We know that we’re going to have to raise our level of play against them,” Coal Ridge coach Scott Black said. “We talked about that, and they know how important that’s going to be.”
Coal Ridge dropped two spots in the Class 3A volleyball poll to No. 9 this week. Olathe this week just missed breaking into the Top 10.
Allen also had a pair of blocks in the Titans’ victory.
Eagle Valley def. Glenwood Springs 25-19, 22-25, 6-25, 25-23, 15-10
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Four Glenwood players combined for close to 100 digs against Eagle Valley, but the Devils (7-2 overall, 6-2 4A WSL) rallied for a league victory over the Demons (5-7, 2-3).
Delaney Gaddis finished with 11 kills and 25 digs, Taylor Kontour had seven kills and 21 digs, Morley Perrin had 16 digs and Megan Uren added 19 digs for Glenwood. Kenzi Johnson chipped in five kills to the Demons’ cause.
Glenwood Springs continues 4A Western Slope League play at Palisade on Saturday.
Rifle def. Hotchkiss 25-22, 25-18, 25-18
RIFLE — Annie Schmidt finished with seven kills, 12 digs and four service aces for the Bears (7-7 overall), whose serving made the difference during their nonleague victory over the Bulldogs.
Jordan Cody added eight kills, Cheyanne Miller added four solo blocks and Sarah McCutchen finished with a match-high six aces for Rifle.
“When you have only four serving errors, that makes a big difference,” Rifle coach Erin Reider said. “We’ve been serving really well for the past week or so. It’s like our mental focus is really there.”
The Bears are off until next Thursday when they continue league play at Roaring Fork.
Coal Ridge 4, Rifle 1
RIFLE — Edgar Enriquez had a hat trick, and Enrique Bucio chipped in a goal and two assists for the fourth-ranked Titans (8-1-0 overall) in their nonleague road victory over the Bears.
Isidro Contreras finished with nine saves in goal for the Titans against the Bears, whose scoring opportunities were aided by the windy conditions on the field.
Coal Ridge held a 2-0 halftime lead on Rifle (1-10-1).
Coal Ridge begins a span of three matches in three days next week, starting at Basalt on Tuesday, home against Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Wednesday and on Thursday at home against Vail Mountain.
Palisade 3, Glenwood Springs 0
PALISADE — Palisade took a 1-0 lead in the first half and added two more goals in the second, dimming the Demons’ postseason chances by coming away with a Class 4A Western Slope League victory over Glenwood.
“This was a big disappointment,” Glenwood coach Steve White said. “The weather was bad and the wind was in our favor in the second half, but we didn’t capitalize on it.
“I’ve got to take my hat off to them for stepping up their game.”
The Demons (4-7-0, 3-5-0 league) continue league play at Eagle Valley on Tuesday, then will follow that with a match at Summit next Thursday.
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