Rams make quick work of Skiers | PostIndependent.com

Rams make quick work of Skiers

Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox Roaring Fork Ram senior Carley Valesquez stands ready for the return during the final game of the match against Aspen High School Tuesday evening.

CARBONDALE – The Roaring Fork volleyball players learned a little something about overlooking opponents from their last loss – despite the fact it more than a month ago.It’s been eight games since Roaring Fork dropped a disappointing match to Class 2A Meeker. There was little chance of another upset Tuesday night at Roaring Fork High School.

The game was not a flawless performance by the Rams, but Roaring Fork averted a letdown against one of the league’s weaker teams with an easy sweep of Aspen.”We just went in thinking that it was just another team,” Roaring Fork sophomore Erica Pelland said.The plan worked.

Roaring Fork was strong enough from the service line – albeit a bit inconsistent – to remain undefeated in Class 3A Western Slope League play with the 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-16) victory.Aspen’s only answer for the Rams at the service line was to wait for Roaring Fork to serve long or into the net. And Roaring Fork did have a number of serving miscues – more than a third of the Skiers’ 38 points in the match came off Roaring Fork service errors – but the Rams more than made up for the errors with aces.

In the first game, Pelland served five straight points, including four aces. The balls Aspen could touch went into the rafters more often than to a player, and the Rams jumped out to a 17-7 advantage. Sarah Armstrong had a similar run early in the second game to put that game out of reach.Roaring Fork reached double digits as a team in aces and, on the rare occasion a rally developed, Armstrong, Pelland and a host of other Rams were there for the kill.Thanks in part to seven service errors in the third game, Aspen was able to stay within four points of the Rams until, leading 17-14, Roaring Fork put together a 8-2 run to close out the match.Roaring Fork faces Olathe in the Rams’ final regular-season home game Friday.Roaring Fork faces Olathe in the Rams’ final regular-season home game Friday.

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