Devils halt Soroco in four
Gypsum – The Eagle Valley volleyball players were giving out everything from flowers to teddy bears as gifts for Parents Night on Thursday. The one thing they weren’t giving out was points against the visiting Soroco Rams.
The Devils held the Rams to a stingy 21 points in their first two games of the night before starting their reserves, and losing the third game, 25-21. Eagle Valley finished off the match in the fourth with a 25-18 win.
“We did get off to a fast start,” said junior setter Whitney Donohue, “We just came out of the gate right away and took care of business. They did step it up, though.”
Eagle Valley’s Kenizie Shreeve, who finished with 20 kills, ended the first match with a laser shot that Soroco’s back line couldn’t dig. In the second game, Eagle Valley’s serving was the difference as Donohue had three aces, Shreeve had two and Kelli Verderber, Mandy Fischer, Mariah Scott each had one in a 25-13 win.
Coach Karl Talcott made the decision to get his non-starters some work in the third game, and after the Devils got down 15-8, Talcott’s reinserted starters still couldn’t pull the game out.
“I think from not being warm on the bench and coming in and knowing that we needed to bring our score up, that we needed to get things done and I think we lost a little focus,” said Verderber. “We came out and we missed a few points, and that’s when we got down.”
The Devils did get as close three points, but couldn’t overcome the early deficit and lost 25-21.
“It’s a situation that we try to work on in practice, coming from behind and taking a margin that we know we can probably close and seeing if it’s possible for us to do the same thing in a game situation,” said Talcott. “We learn things from that.”
Donohue echoed Talcott’s statement, emphasizing that despite not being able to sweep the Rams, the experience for the back-ups was a plus.
“It was good for them to play,” said Donohue. “Ashely [Fahrenholtz] had some great digs, Jessica[Stiles] had a lot of good hits, and Alesha [Jones] ran the team really well.”
With the win, the Devils improved to 13-3 overall.
“I think we’re a strong team and we’ve come back before, it just didn’t really happen tonight,” said senior captain Trista Sandoval. “I think that’s our best defensive score that we’ve had and, I think, our first two games were the best games we played.”
The Devils head to Eagle Vail next Tuesday to do battle with the Battle Mountain Huskies.