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Titans 2nd in volleyball tournament

GRAND JUNCTION — A 3-1 record and a second-place finish in the Class 3A Western Slope League tournament is good enough to host a regional tournament. Right, Scott Black?

“I sure hope so,” the Coal Ridge High School volleyball coach said following that performance by the Titans at Grand Junction Central High School on Saturday. “I can’t complain about the way we played, though.”

Coal Ridge defeated Olathe, 25-19, 26-24, 25-20, before falling to tournament champ Gunnison, 25-21, 19-25, 30-28, 25-14. It improved the Titans’ record to 19-4 overall, which should help them stay in position to host a regional round of the Class 3A state tournament this coming weekend.



“This is the best we’ve played all year,” Black added.

Building its case for a tournament berth was Rifle, which topped Aspen, 25-8, 25-15, 19-25, 25-20, and Moffat County 25-16, 25-16, 25-17. The Bears finished 2-2 in the tournament, and their season record moved to 11-13.



Rifle’s Jordan Cody had nine kills against Aspen and 10 against Moffat County. Annie Schmidt had three blocks in each match and 10 digs against Aspen.

“I think the girls came out with a little different attitude than they did [Friday],” Rifle coach Erin Reider said. “We were working together much better as a team.”

Roaring Fork also had a decent outing in the tournament, finishing 3-1. The Rams defeated Grand Valley 25-22, 25-23, 25-18, before earning a 25-18, 25-18, 25-23 win over Cedaredge.

Against the Cardinals, the Rams got seven kills and eight digs from Taila Howe, 18 digs from Josie Horn and 17 assists from Toni Gross. In the Rams’ win over the Bruins, Diana Flores had 10 kills, Mealani Gray had five kills and 14 digs and Rosa Maun had seven kills, an ace and a solo block.

“We are playing better as a team and playing for each other,” Roaring Fork coach Jenn Dority said.


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