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Rams rebound vs. Cards

Jon Mitchell
Grand Valley High School's Megan Smith, left, attacks the net as Roaring Fork's Melani Gray (20) tries to block during Saturday's Class 3A Western Slope League volleyball match at The Nest. The Rams swept Cardinals in three sets.
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PARACHUTE — Being short a few players didn’t seem to hurt the Roaring Fork High School volleyball team a bit against the Grand Valley Cardinals on Saturday.

Rosa Maun finished with seven kills and two aces to pace a stellar front-line performance from the Rams, who managed a 24-14, 25-21, 25-17 Class 3A Western Slope League victory over the Cardinals.

“This was just what the girls were working for,” Roaring Fork coach Jenn Dority said. “It was a rebound game to prove to themselves they still have it.”

Toni Gross finished with 18 assists and a pair of kills and Grace Brown added five kills and four aces for the Rams (8-9 overall, 4-4 league play) who were without three players — Alyza Ceballos, Taila Howe and Riley Marshall — for Saturday’s match. It also helped the Rams rebound from a three-set loss it suffered against Rifle on Thursday.

The victory also vaulted the Rams into a tie in the league standings with Grand Valley (7-10, 4-4) and Cedaredge (8-8, 4-4) for fifth place in the league standings. The top nine teams in the 10-team league go to the Class 3A WSL tournament, which is scheduled for Oct. 25 and 26 at Grand Junction Central High School.

Kyra Chenoweth finished with a match-high 14 kills with five digs, and Kylyn Rigsby added 24 assists for the Cardinals, who stayed close at the beginning of the first and third sets, but trailed throughout the match thanks to what coach David Walck said were some “internal issues.”

“We just haven’t been playing well,” Walck said. “Their leadership abilities, their camaraderie and their chemistry all need to be fixed, and it’s very evident on the court.”

Grand Valley took a 9-8 lead in the initial set, but the Rams roared to a 9-1 run afterward to take a commanding 17-10 lead. It was more of the same in the third set, too, as Roaring Fork scored 11 of the first 13 points.

The Cardinals battled back, using a pair of kills from Chenoweth, a kill from Smith and a hitting error from Roaring Fork to pull within 21-16. The Rams pulled away from there, however, as three of the final four points Roaring Fork scored came on Grand Valley hitting errors.

Roaring Fork finishes league play Thursday in Aspen. Grand Valley will play a nonleague game at home against Meeker on Tuesday.

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