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Devils log first league win

GYPSUM — After a week off, Eagle Valley volleyball just needed a little time to shake off the rust.

The Devils won their league opener on Thursday downing Delta, 16-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-18.

“I think we had a little bit of a slow start,” Devils coach Lindsey Myers said. “I would say it took us a couple of good plays to get the girls to refocus. We started with a 5-1 and went to a 6-2. Both setters did an awesome job of passing.”



Those two would be Kenzie Sisson and Taylor Sandoval, and the Devils were rolling. Carlee Morrison served off eight straight points in the fourth game to close out the visiting Panthers.

The Devils are at Glenwood Springs today.



“We learned from this game that we need to come out stronger in league play,” Myers said.

That is critical as the Devils (6-1 overall and 1-0 in the Slope) will be seeing a lot of matches soon. After Glenwood on Saturday, Eagle Valley has three games next week.

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Huskies sweep Rifle

Battle Mountain volleyball’s also off to a 1-0 Slope start after drumming Rifle, 25-8, 25-8, 25-18, on Thursday night in Edwards.

“It felt great to get on track in league,” Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “It’s now our No. 1 concern. We had a great crowd there including alumni and their parents. It was a big night for our growing program.”

Jordan Brandt, McKenzie Ellis and Maddie Perkins were the stars offensively. The unsung heroine was Malia Barca who came off the bench to spark the Huskies (3-1, 1-1) defensively.

Battle Mountain’s next game is Tuesday at Glenwood. Like the Devils, Battle Mountain has three games next week. On the to-do list for Fitzgerald’s crew is to work on consistency, limit unforced errors and play good defense.

Not that anyone would be looking ahead — that’s strictly prohibited, of course — but Battle Mountain calls on Eagle Valley in Gypsum one week from Saturday.

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


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