Rams open volleyball regional with a win
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Roaring Fork’s lucky number in Saturday’s 3A Region 11 volleyball tournament opener against Frontier Academy: 11.
Why? Well, the Rams steamrolled the Wolverines in three games, 25-11, 25-11, 25-11. Further, it’s the Region 11 tournament that the Carbondale school is hosting and they’re the 11th seed in the 36-team statewide field.
“I like it,” Roaring Fork coach Carrie Shultz said with a smile. “It sounds like good luck.”
It certainly seemed to be, as the host Rams charged out of the gates at the three-team regional in Carbondale.
“It’s a great start,” Shultz said. “We did a couple things this week and they responded really well to some adjustments.”
Among those adjustments: a tweak in junior libero Josie Horn’s serve mechanics.
That paid off in a big way, as Horn crafted a dominant run at the service line in the third, serving the Rams to 17 straight points as part of an 18-0 run to start the game.
“Josie took a couple steps back and we changed her serve a little bit,” Shultz said. “We certainly saw that pay off the first match.”
With Roaring Fork mixing up its lineup late, No. 26 Frontier (8-16) made a late surge to tighten the final count.
But the morning match belonged to the Rams, who wrapped up the match in roughly one hour and improved to 21-3 overall.
Horn finished with eight aces for the match, with five of those coming in the third game. She also had seven digs.
Hattie Gianinetti bashed nine kills for Roaring Fork and Madison Handy swatted seven kills. Megan Gianinetti finished with six kills. Hattie Gianinetti also tallied two solo blocks and six digs. Caitlin Kinney had six digs and Taylor Adams racked up 22 assists.
The Rams will face No. 14 Lamar today at 2 p.m. with a berth to next weekend’s state tournament at the Denver Coliseum on the line.
“They come from a great conference with a great record,” Shultz said. “They’re going to want this as much as we do. This is the ticket to state.”
Lamar defeated Frontier Academy in three games, 25-21, 25-19, 25-17, in its first match of the day.
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