Prep Volleyball: Roaring Fork rallies for five-set win over Rifle
RIFLE — Emily Neuroth finished with team highs in kills (five) and blocks (five) for Rifle High School’s volleyball team, but Roaring Fork rallied for a 25-22, 12-25, 22-25, 25-15, 15-9 victory on Tuesday night.
Reece Hoffmeister had three service aces, Tara Ruggles had four kills and Ksan Brueckman chipped in 14 digs, but Roaring Fork managed to rally in the fourth and fifth sets for the victory.
“We were playing so well and with so much confidence,” Rifle coach Erin Reider said.
“Then they [Roaring Fork] turned it up a notch in the fourth set and we couldn’t get our momentum back,” the coach continued.
Second-year Roaring Fork coach Jenn Dority had a different take, however.
“I’m not happy with how we played and I’m not happy with our effort tonight,” the second-year Rams coach said. “We have a lot of work ahead of us. Luckily, these girls are very coachable.”
Rifle continues 4A Western slope League play Thursday at Palisade. Roaring Fork will host Olathe and Gunnison on Saturday.
Coal Ridge def. Eagle Valley 14-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-13, 15-11
GYPSUM — Britini Allen finished with a match-high 11 kills and Nicole Mooney chipped in nine kills for the Class 3A Titans (5-5) to help them rally from a two-set deficit for a nonleague win over the Class 4A Devils.
Bailey Davis contributed eight kills and three aces to go with six kills from Dana Kotz.
“The seniors had a little pep talk after the second set, and I don’t like to give those,” Coal Ridge coach Scott Black said. “They came out with a lot of energy from there on though.”
Coal Ridge plays again Thursday at home against Moffat County before hosting Gunnison and Olathe on Saturday.
Battle Mountain def. Glenwood Springs 25-8, 25-23, 25-15
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Huskies improved to 4-1 overall, and 2-0 in Class 4A Western Slope League play with their sweep of the Demons. Glenwood coach Sarah Ryan said she was impressed with her team’s defensive effort, especially in the second set.
Glenwood (3-6, 1-2) will continue league play Thursday at Delta.
Olathe def. Grand Valley 25-20, 25-18, 25-10
PARACHUTE — Senior outside hitter Kyra Chenoweth finished with a match-high 13 kills for the Cardinals, but Grand Valley wasn’t able to keep up with the typically powerful Pirates during Tuesday’s nonleague loss.
The Cardinals will continue 3A Western Slope League play on Thursday night when they host Basalt at The Nest.
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