Vail Daily letter: An incredible season
Eagle, CO Colorado
The entire season, the coverage of the Eagle Valley High School girls’ volleyball team has been excellent. However, after reading the write up on the state championships on Sunday, I think you missed the mark.
Both games that day, including the semifinal game and before “the injury,” were exciting due to many contributors on the court that weren’t mentioned. There were many girls who never left the court the entire weekend and who obviously contributed to the amazing finish at state: Shelby Wright, junior Alex Lassa, junior Kelsey VanGoey and senior Becka VanVoorst. Others who rotated in on a consistent basis were senior Shila Branch, senior Daillen Culver, junior Erin Burnett and senior Lauren Shreeve. Each and every one of these players deserve to be commended for an incredible fight at state.
Senior Shila Branch, our libero, made a tremendous and impressive performance this past weekend and yet none of her incredible plays were mentioned. We came against some heavy-hitting teams and very clever front-row players. Shila threw herself all over the court, digging balls and saving plays. She is also one of the most calculated servers on our team.
Certainly Alex is our “heart” and her performance is always stellar, but aiding in those incredible kills is senior setter Becka VanVoorst. Becka VanVoorst displayed incredible athleticism and leadership as she called the plays and set up incredible hits. She also ran all over the court, digging balls and ensuring that the Devils were running the most effective plays to win.
Senior Daillen Culver had some incredible blocks against some big hitters and also a couple well-placed kills.
Senior Lauren Shreeve had an incredible serving streak multiple times and also had many well-placed and tough hits.
Junior Kelsey VanGoey contributed as well with some tough blocks, multiple digs, pinch setting and quite a few kills.
Of course, senior Shelby Wright was injured in Game 3 of the semifinals, but it also should be mentioned that her signature short serve (I call it simply, “The Shelby”), digs, blocks and impressive hitting the entire day were outstanding. All of these girls, collectively, did an amazing job as a team. They were focused under intense pressure and played 100 percent each game.
It should also be mentioned that, although we were one of the farthest-traveling teams at the championships, our fan base was inspiring. The amount of people who traveled to Denver to support our team is incredible and should be mentioned. Not only player parents, but EVHS alumni (face painted and all), students, teaching staff and several other people of the community came to cheer on our Lady Devils. Their excitement and “All the way, Devils” cheers certainly motivated our team to play their best.
It was an incredible season, and all 13 girls and our coaching staff were an intricate part of this team’s success. Sweat, tears and hardwork. These girls put forth 100 percent effort and made this valley incredibly proud.
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