PREP ROUNDUPS: Coal Ridge, Glenwood volleyball sweep opponents; Rifle softball run-rules Eagle Valley
Hosting the Vail Mountain Gore Rangers Tuesday in New Castle and looking for some revenge, the Coal Ridge Titans rallied from a 24-20 hole in the second set to cruise to a 3-set sweep against the Gore Rangers by scores of 25-13, 27-25 and 25-23.
Coal Ridge trailed by 11 points early in the second set thanks to a great run at the service line by the Gore Rangers, but the Titans rallied.
Vail Mountain held Coal Ridge off, though, getting to game-point at 24-20, but the Titans responded with a 7-1 run to pick up the second set win in thrilling fashion.
“It was a huge mental test for us,” Aimee Gerber, Coal Ridge’s head coach, said. “It was a huge stepping stone for our team.”
Following the big rally, Coal Ridge took care of business in the third and final set, putting away the Gore Rangers to avenge last season’s loss on the road.
In the win, junior captain Taylor Wiescamp led the way with 8 kills and 7 blocks. Senior captain Taylor Roberts added 11 digs, while senior captain Lyanna Nevarez chipped in with 7 kills, 7 digs and 5 aces.
Junior Brecken Guccini added 9 kills and 8 digs, while junior Phoebe Young recorded 5 kills, 9 assists and 2 blocks.
Junior Ari Cornejo added 11 assists, 4 kills and 7 digs, while junior Maya Mercado added 3 kills and 2 blocks in the win.
Coal Ridge improves to 7-2 (2-0 in 3A WSL) on the season. The Titans host Basalt Thursday in a 3A WSL tilt at 6:30 p.m.
Glenwood Springs 3, Eagle Valley 0
Glenwood Springs’ girls volleyball team bounced back from a slow start Tuesday inside Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium to sweep the visiting Eagle Valley Devils in 4A Western Slope League play by scores of 26-24, 25-18 and 25-23, running its winning streak to four games.
Against the Devils, senior Kaitlyn Johnson dominated for Glenwood, recording 12 digs, 9 kills and 2 aces, while senior Emily Nilsson was equally as dominant on the night, added 22 assists, 8 kills and 4 blocks.
Senior Shanik Zambrano added 6 kills and 13 digs
Sophomore Kenzie Winder added 5 kills, 3 aces and 3 blocks, while junior Reese Goluba added 21 digs on the back end.
Junior Kiah Larson rounded out a strong night for Glenwood with 5 kills and 4 blocks.
Glenwood (8-2, 4-0 in 4A WSL) hosts Montrose Saturday at 1 p.m. in a nonleague matchup.
Rifle 18, Eagle Valley 3, 3 innings
Hosting the Eagle Valley Devils Tuesday night at Taugenbaugh Field in Rifle, the Rifle Bears softball team rolled to yet another lopsided win, downing the Devils in just 3 innings by a final of 18-3.
Against Eagle Valley, senior Hannah Bodrogi recorded 2 hits, 2 walks, 3 runs batted in, 3 runs scored and 2 stolen bases. On the mound, Bodrogi worked through 2 innings, allowing just one earned run.
Junior Abigail Bonuales chipped in with 2 hits, a walk, 3 runs batted in, 3 runs scored and 2 stolen bases, while junior Delaney Phillips added 2 hits, 4 runs scored and 4 stolen bases in the blowout win.
Junior Raelynn Hampton recorded 2 hits of her own, driving in a run while scoring 2 of her own, while senior Zoey Loya doubled, walked and drove in 2 runs.
Sophomore Emma Poole added a single, walk and 2 runs scored, while freshman Hailey Worton singled, walked, drove in a run and scored a run.
Rifle improves to 11-2 (4-0 in 4A WSL) play.
The Bears travel to Gunnison Friday for a matchup with the Cowboys at 3 p.m.
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