Rifle volleyball closes out season with win; Coal Ridge awaits playoff fate
It took 14 games, but the Rifle High School volleyball girls finally notched one in the win column to close the season out Saturday at Gunnison.
The Bears (1-13, 1-8 in the 3A Western Slope League) opened strong with a 25-16 first-set win, before letting the second get away to the Cowboys, 25-22.
From there, Rifle took command, grinding it out for 25-18 and 25-17 wins in the third and fourth sets to score the 3-1 win.
Junior Kimber Lang and senior Mackenzie Elizardo had seven kills and four blocks each for the Bears, and freshman Cora McMillen had five. Freshman Kristyn Mentink had three service aces on the afternoon.
The game marked the last in a Bears volleyball jersey for seniors Elizardo, Karely Salazar, Whitney Tornes, Mackenzie Jensen, Maddy Valencia and Jackie Chavez.
Fruita Monument 3, Coal Ridge 0
The Coal Ridge Lady Titans were hoping for a strong Saturday showing against Fruita Monument, ranked 17th among Class 5A teams, to make their case for a 3A regional bid when selections are made on Monday.
However, a 3-0 loss to the Wildcats (25-14, 25-21, 25-22) puts them in “wait-and-see” mode, coach Aimee Gerber said. At 9-5 and with a composite ranking at No. 29 coming into selection day, the Titans’ chances of making the 24-team postseason tournament field are slim.
Against Fruita, senior Taylor Wiescamp had seven kills, six blocks and five digs, and junior Peyton Garrison had six kills and eight blocks.
Other notable stats on the afternoon: senior Phoebe Young, five kills, three blocks and six digs; junior Lydia Dye, four blocks and two kills; senior Brecken Guccini, two kills, four blocks and four digs; sophomore Emma Morgan, 11 assists and four blocks; senior Kallie Bumgardner, eight assists and two digs; and senior Ari Cornejo, 10 digs.
In other Saturday volleyball action involving area teams, it was Moffat County 3-0 over Roaring Fork (27-25, 25-23, 25-22); Grand Valley 3-0 over Gunnison (25-16, 25-18, 25-22).
And, on Friday, it was Cedaredge 3-1 over Rifle (25-13, 25-16, 25-21, 25-13); and Eagle Valley 3-0 over Glenwood Springs (25-18, 25-18, 25-23).
The Demons finish the season at 5-8 overall and 3-6 in the 4A Western Slope League. It was the final game for Glenwood seniors Emily DeMoraes, Avery Cole, Reese Goluba and Kiah Larson.
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