DENVER — Hey, Eagle Valley volleyball, you wanna pick on somebody your own size?
The Devils jumped into the deep end this weekend in the silver division of the Regis Jesuit Jam Tournament and went 3-1, finishing second.
In the process, the Devils beat 3A Kent Denver in four games, and then both 5A Mountain Range in three and 5A Poudre in four.
The only blemish on the weekend was a tight loss to 5A Monarch in five, 19-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-11.
“It really builds the character of your team,” Devils coach Lindsey Myers said of playing bigger competition. “They’re bigger girls with strong hits. They get everything up. Our serving was tough. Our defense was really strong, and we were able to mix up our rotation and hitting.”
And while it’s early in the season, playing and beating 5A schools certainly won’t hurt as far as possible postseason run goes.
Senior outside-hitter Morgan Murphy was named to the all-tournament team. Kenzie Sisson was a force from behind the line with just one serving error all weekend. Myers also gave props to freshman Becy Glutova for strong hitting from the right side.
Eagle Valley (4-1) finally has its home opener on Thursday against Grand Valley.
“We’re definitely ready for a home game,” Myers said. “This weekend and (a win against Central) has prepped us for a home game and the league season. The girls are ready to get rolling and get a big crowd.”
Saints win opener
Yes, that was a league game, and a league win — in August for Vail Christian volleyball on Friday evening at the Wheeler Athletic Center in Edwards.
Welcome to the new 2A Western Slope with divisional play. The Saints topped Northern Division opponent North Park, 25-21, 25-21, 29-31, 25-22, in the first of two league meetings between the two teams.
“What I liked out of the four sets was that I played three different lineups,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “The girls had to transition into difficult positions. The girls came in cold off the bench and played in the middle of a match. That was nice to see. We’re a small team and the kids are learning to play every position.”
Alexander added that passing tops the list of “things that need to be improved,” but every team in every sport has a lot on that list at this time of year.
Vail Christian also showed some resiliency in the third and fourth sets. Alexander said that maybe her team felt that it had the Wildcats on the ropes and let down a bit. Nevertheless, the Saints rallied to extend the third game and close it out in the fourth.
Sara Coulter led Vail Christian with 12 kills, followed by Brittney Bossow (eight). Remy Beveridge kept the offense humming with 29 assists. Jessie Hartley was big with 4.5 blocks. Baylee Weimer topped the Saints with 33 digs.
Vail Christian hosts Meeker Friday at 6 p.m. in a nonleague game. The Cowboys are in the South Division, while the Saints are in the North with Hayden. Soroco, West Grand, North Park, Vail Mountain and DeBeque.