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RF posts 3-0 sweep over Pirates

Phil Sandoval

CARBONDALE – So what if the Roaring Fork girls volleyball team is young?

This group of baby faces – five of the six starters are underclassmen – are becoming a force in the Class 3A Western Slope League.

On Friday, the Rams pinned a 3-0 sweep on Olathe, raising their league record to an unblemished 2-0.

More proof of Roaring Fork’s ability lies in their overall record.

After the 25-14, 25-20, 25-19 victory over the Pirates, the Rams are 6-1 on the year. Their only loss to date was a non-league game against Class 5A Fruita Monument at the Glenwood Invitational.

The team’s youth doesn’t bother Ram coach Karen Crownwell.

She hopes her starting lineup of one freshman, three sophomores, one junior and senior Tarn Udall acts a lull to future opponents.

“Hopefully, it puts them to sleep,” Crownwell said. “We’re really talented and every game it gets so much better for us. It’s real positive.”

And real negative for Ram opponents.

Roaring Fork took game one by scoring nine straight points.

The Rams appeared to have the second game well in control until, Crownwell said, the team got careless.

“We just let up, and you can’t do that,” the coach said after seeing Roaring Fork’s 12-6 lead wither away to a one-point Olathe lead.

“It was all our mistakes at that time, and all we had to do was pick it back up.”

Picking up Roaring Fork has become one thing that Udall’s grown accustomed to.

The Rams’ elder stateswoman regained the lead on a much-needed winner to pull ahead by two.

Udall helped secured the Ram victory by scoring two of Roaring Fork’s final four points in the third game.

Crownwell said Udall led the Rams with seven blocks against Olathe and “must of had 20 touches in the match.”

Now after a few days off, the Rams face a hostile gym when they travel to Hotchkiss on Friday.

The 5:30 p.m. scheduled match is at the front end of a varsity volleyball-football doubleheader.

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