Titans lead 3A volleyball WSL All-Conference teams
Following a season in which the Coal Ridge Titans girls volleyball team finished second in the Class 3A Western Slope League with a record of 17-10 (8-1) in the regular season before then upsetting Faith Christian in the regional tournament to reach the state playoffs once again, the Titans led the way with six total players named to the First-Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention lists, tying Delta for the most representatives in the 3A WSL.
Along with Coal Ridge, Grand Valley had four players named to the First-Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention lists, while Roaring Fork had three members make the First-Team or Honorable Mention list.
For the Titans, senior outside hitter Nicole Mooney, senior setter Dana Kotz and junior libero Emily Wright earned first team berths due to strong individual seasons. In fact, Mooney was named Second Team 3A CHSAA All-State for the Titans, while Kotz and Wright earned 3A CHSAA All-State Honorable Mention recognition.
Mooney, who took on added importance on offense this season for the Titans, recorded 245 kills (45.8 kill percentage), 208 digs, 44 aces and 11 total blocks while missing roughly 11 total sets for the Titans due to an injury. The senior outside hitter was an instrumental piece for the Titan attack this past season.
Kotz, who was recently named the PI’s October Female Athlete of the Month, earned First Team recognition thanks to a terrific senior season that saw her dish out 677 assists while recording 108 kills, 267 digs, 39 aces and 79 total blocks.
Serving as the libero for the Titans, making her one of the most important defenders for Coal Ridge, Wright enjoyed a strong junior season by recording a team-high 350 digs while adding 22 aces serving the ball.
Outside of Coal Ridge’s First Team honors, junior defender Santana Martinez, senior middle hitter Kaitlyn Harlow and junior middle hitter Paige Harlow earned Honorable Mention recognition for the Titans.
For Grand Valley, senior setter Kylyn Rigsby and senior outside hitter Tara Ruggles earned First Team honors by leading the Cardinals to 14-11 (6-3) record and an appearance in the 3A District 5 regional tournament.
Rigsby led the way for the Cardinals, dishing out 464 assists while recording 179 digs, 99 kills, 78 blocks and 31 aces. Ruggles — who transferred to Grand Valley from Rifle this past summer — recorded 182 kills, 171 digs and 27 aces for the Cardinals in just 14 games, sitting out the first 11 games of the season due to transfer rules.
Senior outside hitter Bailey Rowe and senior setter Bryce Ettles earned Honorable Mention honors for Grand Valley.
Roaring Fork senior outside hitter Lily Ramos and senior setter Ashley Hall earned First Team honors for the Rams after leading the Carbondale school to a rebound in 2016. The Rams finished 11-11 (5-4) on the season, which was an improvement of four games.
Ramos led the way for the Rams, recording 324 digs, 108 kills, 29 aces and 35 total blocks. Hall stepped up in her senior season to record 179 assists, 135 digs, 30 aces, 30 kills and 20 total blocks for the Rams.
Joining Ramos and Hall was senior middle hitter Lyndsay Hansen, who earned Honorable Mention honors for the Rams.
Rounding things out for valley teams, Basalt had two players named to the Honorable Mention list in juniors Kaylin Williams and Caitlyn Robinson.
4A WSL Honors
Glenwood Springs junior libero Maddie Bolitho was the only player in the valley in the 4A Western Slope League to earn First Team All-Conference honors following a year in which she helped lead the Demons to a 9-16 record in the first year under Dennis Sunderland.
Bolitho finished the year with a team-high 415 digs and 12 aces.
Junior middle blocker Mary Fuller earned Honorable Mention honors for the Demons following a year in which she made the most of her opportunity on varsity, recording 89 kills, 73 blocks, 19 aces and 84 digs.
For Rifle, senior middle blocker Samantha Hinkle (99 kills, 26 blocks and eight aces) and junior libero Dulce Toscano (434 digs, 15 aces) earned Honorable Mention honors.