Roaring Fork volleyball team stops Moffat County in five sets
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It wasn’t Senior Night, but it was senior afternoon in Carbondale, as the Roaring Fork Rams volleyball team won a tight, back-and-forth, 5-game decision over the visiting Moffat County Bulldogs in a 3A Western Slope League volleyball matinee.
The game scores of 21-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-18, and 15-11 were indicative of the ebb and flow of the match in which neither team took complete control of the happenings on the court.
It was appropriate though, that at match point in game five, senior Kendall Bernot rose high at the net and spiked the ball hard to the floor to give her team the narrow victory.
“It was exciting for me to see Kendall get that final point,” said Karen Crownhart, Roaring Fork’s head coach. “She started out the year a little bit timid, but she’s really come a long way.”
Bernot and fellow senior Gaby Santana got the Rams going early in the match as they each recorded a kill to put Roaring Fork up in game one 4-2. Moffat County came right back behind the serving of Ebawnee Smercina to string together several points to take a 9-5 lead.
Senior Logan Erickson and junior Emily Broadhurst both put together nice runs at the service line, but a Bulldog block on Roaring Fork sophomore Sydney Schramer at the net, and some late hitting errors spelled doom for the home team as Moffat County took the opening game of the day.
Roaring Fork sophomore Letey Crownhart started game two with a nifty drop shot that caught the Bulldogs off guard, but when Santana had a shot blocked at the net by a host of Moffat County defenders, the Bulldogs had rallied for a 5-2 lead to gather some all important momentum.
With Erickson back at the line for the Rams, the early deficit turned into an 11-9 advantage for Roaring Fork. Following kill shots from Santana and Bernot, Broadhurst and Schramer scored a defensive point for the Rams on a block at the net, giving the Rams a 20-15 lead and allowing them to cruise to the game victory to even the match.
With game three going back the Bulldogs’ way by a count of 25-23, Roaring Fork now had its backs to the proverbial wall with no margin for error the rest of the way.
“We started to get our serves in consistently those last two games and we turned off all of our mistakes,” Crownhart said.
Turned off their mistakes they did, as the Rams took control of game four early and never looked back.
It was junior Bella Lee’s turn to put in a mini-run at the service line to give Roaring Fork a comfortable 13-4 lead. But Moffat County fought back by going on an 11-4 scoring run to get the Rams attention as the game score now stood at 17-15 in Roaring Fork’s favor. The Rams time and again, though, came up with clutch plays in lengthy rallies to stifle the Moffat comeback and send things to a deciding game five.
Neither team could get a foothold in the final game until the Bulldogs began to take command by inching ahead 6-3. But the sure-fire serving of Broadhurst came to the Rams’ rescue as the junior’s pinpoint tosses over the net helped Roaring Fork turn a bleak situation into an 11-7 lead. Junior Caroline Wisroth then came up with a key kill to make it 13-10 in favor of the Rams. From there, Bernot put the finishing touches on the day and the Rams all wore smiles as they headed for the locker room.
Stat sheet stuffers for Roaring Fork (9-8, 5-8 WSL) were Santana with 10 kills, while Schramer and Broadhurst had 9 and 8 kills, respectively. Letey Crownhart had 24 assists, and Erickson had 43 digs in the big Roaring Fork victory.
Roaring Fork will travel to Rifle early next week to take on the Bears with the date yet to be set, according to Coach Crownhart.