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Central tops Eagle Valley in four

EAGLE, Colorado – No time to panic. All is well with Eagle Valley volleyball.

The Devils lost their second consecutive match Thursday, dropping a four-set decision to Grand Junction Central, 21-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-23, at Eagle Valley Middle School.

“We’re still working on different things,” Devils coach Shawn Weatherred said. “It’s early in the season. We’re still trying to find the right thing for us, what gives us the best opportunity to win. We’re not trying to peak right now. We’re giving everything a chance. We have to be patient, and that’s hard.”

Eagle Valley (1-2) had an impressive start against the Warriors and hung with 5A Grand Junction Central in Games 3 and 4.

“We didn’t start how we wanted to start,” Central coach Beth Nelson said. “We came through. We stayed composed and finished. Eagle Valley’s a great team. They’re very strong this year. It’s a great win for us.”

Weatherred is using the nonconference games to tinker with his lineup. Kelsey VanGoey impressed with a big game defensively, while Lauren Shreeve shined up front.

“The positives of this game outweigh the loss,” Weatherred said. “Some people stepped up. I think Lauren Shreeve had a breakout game. Kelsey VanGoey played phenomenal in the back row. Lauren had a phenomenal game out there – hitting, blocking, playing relaxed. I think she still has a lot of potential beyond what she did today.”

Offensively, Shelby Wright and Alex Lasse had solid games for the Devils.

Grand Junction Central (2-0) host Montrose Tuesday in its 5A Slope opener, while Eagle Valley is home for Delta Thursday. That is not only the 4A Slope lid-lifter for the Devils, but their first game in their new gym in Gypsum.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.

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