Titans gain upper hand in 3A WSL volleyball race
GUNNISON, Colorado ” Sole possession of first place in the 3A Western Slope League did not come easily for Coal Ridge.
Behind 26 kills from Chloe Nelson and 11 from Jessica Needham, the Titans sweated out a five-game win at Gunnison Friday in a battle of league unbeatens.
Coal Ridge won by game counts of 25-13, 25-23, 23-25, 16-25 and15-12 to improve to10-0 in the 3A WSL and to 11-2 overall. The loss dropped Gunnison to 10-1 in league and 12-2 overall.
Also figuring heavily into the statistics mix for the Titans was Sierra Grove, who finished with three aces from the service line.
It won’t be long until the Cowboys and Titans meet again in what could very well be the match that decides the league title. The teams square off once more ” Oct. 18 at Coal Ridge.
CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Roaring Fork struck a blow against one of the 3A WSL’s top volleyball programs on Friday, defeating visiting Basalt in a three-game homecoming sweep.
The Rams, who improved to 7-7 overall and to 6-6 in league, won by game counts of 25-23, 25-16 and 25-20, smashing 33 team kills in the process. Roaring Fork also had team aces, five blocks and 34 digs.
Basalt dropped to 11-3 overall and to 8-3 in the 3A WSL.
PARACHUTE, Colorado ” Double-digit kill totals from Karmen Steimel and Sam James were not enough to lift Grand Valley past Aspen in 3A WSL volleyball play on Friday.
The visiting Skiers won by game counts of 18-25, 25-15, 25-23 and 25-21.
Erin Vanderpool added seven kills for the Cardinals, who dropped to 4-10 overall and to 3-8 in league. Brittney Garcia finished with 17 digs and two aces and Brandi Krieg had eight digs.
Aspen upped its overall record to 9-5 and its league ledger to 6-5.
CRAIG, Colorado ” Moffat County outlasted visiting Glenwood Springs in a five-game thriller on Friday night, winning 25-17, 21-25, 17-25, 25-20, 15-10.
“We just made some tiny mistakes and they added up,” Demon coach Sean Lively said. “We saw our potential for a while tonight but just couldn’t hold on.”
When the Demons where hitting their potential they were hitting the ball hard. The attack of sophomore Kenzi Caple, senior Anna Gauldin and junior Taryn Pearce gave the Demons momentum in the second and third games.
Glenwood dropped to 2-7 in the 4A WSL and to 3-11 overall, marks that match Moffat’s.
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. ” Colorado Mountain College’s men’s soccer team took to the road for the second weekend in a row for two matches against North Idaho College and Laramie County Community College and furthered a difficult year with two more losses.
The Eagles took on North Idaho in the morning, falling 4-0. Then the team took to the pitch again two hours later to face Laramie County and lost 6-1.
James Mitchell scored in the 15th minute to tie the score at 1-1. The tie game held until the 30th minute when Laramie turned it on.
“Anytime you have two games in the same day it’s tough,” Colorado Mountain College assistant coach John Inglehart said. “The guys played really tough, showed well, but just couldn’t put the ball in the net. They were exhausted near the end but they still played with a lot of heart.”
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