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Rifle volleyball falls to Palisade 15-7, 15-4

PALISADE – No momentum. No spark.

It’s been a reoccurring problem for the Rifle volleyball team, whose still look for it’s first win of the 2002 season.

The Bears’ lack of team spark, plus a host of on-court errors, haunted the Bears Tuesday evening as Palisade needed 43 minutes to wrap up a 2-0 sweep.

“We were not fired up or ready to play,” said Bear coach Victoria DiGuglielmo of the team’s 15-7, 15-4 loss. “In the first game we made 10 errors. We gave them the game, they didn’t have to earn it.”

Rifle’s trend of error-prone play continued into game two.

Caitlin Wagner, who led the Bears with 15 kills, earned a sideout that stopped a budding Palisade rally.

But, her teammates couldn’t capitalize.

The Bears turned the ball right back over to the Bulldogs. And Palisade used the reprieve to pull out to a 6-0 lead.

A Bear positional error started the rally when Palisade’s Sarah Rickard pushed the ball to a vacated spot in the back row for a kill.

And Palisade kept adding to its lead.

A long serve allowed Rifle to gain a little momentum. Amy Suminski scored the Bears’ lone ace of the match and sophomore Emily Shiedler earned a point.

The 6-2 margin was as close as the Bears could get to Palisade the rest of the match.

After exchanging serves and points between each other, a Rickard kill that bounced off the combined blocking efforts of Stacie Kagie and Lauren Pleva ignited the Bulldogs’ last big rally.

Palisade was up by 10 before Krista Wagstrom halted the run. The senior finished with 13 kills.

Rifle earned it’s final point of the night on the next play. They exited quickly after Palisade regained serve and got back-to-back winners by Marsha Lewis and Terra Wilson to end the match.

DiGuglielmo hopes the team’s attitude will be different on Saturday when they face Delta at home.

“I have great expectations for us,” the coach said. “It’s our homecoming match. So there’s no excuse for the girls not to be fired-up. If everything falls into place, we should do well.”

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