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Devils volleyball tops Central in 3

GRAND JUNCTION — The newbies looked pretty good in their 2018 debut for Eagle Valley volleyball with a 27-25, 25-15, 25-15 victory at Grand Junction Central on Friday, Aug. 17.

Yes, there are a few familiar faces in Devils' black, white and red, but the two-time defending 4A Slope champs have lost most of the players who won those back-to-back crowns. Throw in that Friday's game was an early varsity match in an earlier-than-usual athletic schedule this year, and that was a good win for a young Eagle Valley squad.

"They came back from an 11-point deficit (in Game 1) and didn't give up a set," coach Jackie Rindy said. "That's very encouraging."

While a lot of things have changed, coach Rindy still is apparently allergic to the No. 4, preferring tidy three-set matches.

“They came back from an 11-point deficit (in Game 1) and didn’t give up a set. That’s very encouraging.”Jackie RindyEagle Valley volleyball coach

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Setter Kaitlin Medina ran the offense nicely. Bree Gates is big and she played big.

"She's a huge presence on the floor," Rindy said. "She's one of our returning players and she kept the ship going in the right direction. She's a huge presence at the net both offensively and defensively."

Sydney Wiemer made her debut at libero and anchored a solid defensive effort.

Eagle Valley (1-0) has some time off after its early start. The Devils host Montrose on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

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Montrose ran away with the crown with 209 strokes, followed by Fruita Monument (235) and the Huskies (250).

Carson Dietz led the way with and 81, while Jack Oberley carded an 84 and Call Hill an 85.

Eagle Valley used Monday's tournament as a chance to send out younger players in a varsity environment. Ian Donegan and Brandon Adair led the way with 98s.

Both Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley make the traditional Montrose swing with Black Canyon on Wednesday, Aug. 22, and then Cobble Creek on Thursday. Aug. 23.