Prep Roundup: Ram spikers fall to Aspen
Taking on the Aspen Skiers on the road Saturday, the Roaring Fork Rams girls volleyball team fell in four sets, 25-23, 22-25, 19-25 and 23-25, in a contest between two 3A Western Slope League opponents battling it out for positioning in the league standings.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 2-5 in WSL play, while the Skiers improve to 4-3 in WSL play.
For the Rams, Grace Brown led the way offensively, racking up six kills. She added 14 digs and two aces.
Madilyn Kuhl did a great job of keeping the Rams alive on defense, picking up seven digs defensively, while adding four kills and an ace offensively. Dani Minor added five kills for the Rams.
But it was Lily Ramos who stood out for the Rams against Aspen, turning in a game-high 34 digs in the losing effort.
Despite strong performances from key individual players, the Rams came up short to a tough Aspen team on the road.
“The Skiers did a good job of preparing for us this week,” Rams head coach Jennifer Dority said. “They were ready to play hard, and they were scrappy and smart. We just made a few unforced errors that cost us the match.”
With four days off to prepare for the 3A Western Slope League tournament in Grand Junction on Friday and Saturday, the Rams should be well prepared to hit the road.
3A boys soccer state playoff matchups announced
Finishing the season strong with four wins in its final five games, the Coal Ridge Titans boys soccer team is heading to the state playoffs as the No. 18 seed, where it’ll take on the Denver Christian Crusaders on Friday, Oct. 30, at Liberty Common.
The Crusaders come into the match-up as the No. 15 seed with a record of 11-4 (7-1 league play).
Along with the Titans, the Basalt Longhorns will represent the Western Slope League in the 3A state playoffs.
Basalt, which finished the regular season with a record of 8-5-2 (6-0-2 WSL), will take on the Sheridan Rams at Kent Denver High School.
The Longhorns head into the tournament as the No. 16 seed.
3A Western Slope League Girls Volleyball Tournament seedings announced
After winning the 3A Western Slope League title last Thursday, the Coal Ridge Titans will head into the 3A WSL tournament as the No. 1 overall seed, which will be played in Grand Junction on Friday and Saturday.
Along with the Titans, the Grand Valley Cardinals (No. 2 seed), the Roaring Fork Rams (No. 6 seed) and the Basalt Longhorns (No. 8 seed) will represent the region in the weekend tournament.
The Cardinals will take on the third-seeded Aspen Skiers at 4 p.m. Friday, followed by the Titans taking on the fourth-seeded Olathe Pirates at 5:30 p.m.
Grand Valley will then take on the Pirates following its game against the Titans. Coal Ridge will then cap off Friday’s slate of games by taking on the Skiers at 8:30 p.m.
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