Devils play tough with 5A G.J. Central
GRAND JUNCTION – The Eagle Valley girls volleyball team lost at 5A Grand Junction Tuesday, 3-0, but it wasn’t without a fight. In the first game, the Devils pushed the Tigers to the brink, tying the game up at 23-23, before Grand Junction scored the last two points.”They just dug up Kenzie (Shreeve’s) hits and then they hit ’em back at us,” senior Jessica Stiles said. “They had two really big hitters.”The Devils also grabbed the lead in the second game before falling, 25-20, and then again in the third, 25-16.Despite the loss, coach Karl Talcott was upbeat about how his team performed in a huge early-season test against a good 5A team.
“They’re a good, solid 5A team, particularly for the Western Slope,” Talcott said. “There were a number of times where we looked at each other as coaches and felt that this was good volleyball. It gave us a chance to see where we can be better. We were definitely pushed and challenged as a team. It will be important to see if we can bounce back.”Senior setter Whitney Donohue led the Devils in assists with 19 and senior outside hitter Kenzie Shreeve drove home 12 kills to go with eight aces. “We played tough and hung with them in the first two games,” Donohue said. “Their ballhandling was really good and they played good all-around good volleyball. We didn’t execute as well as we were planning down the stretch.”Junior Kellee Hollis and senior Shannon Aragon both totaled eight digs. The Devils next take on rival Battle Mountain Thursday in Eagle-Vail at 6:30 p.m.”This match made us realize what we need to work on,” Aragon said. “We just need to focus more on fundamentals, and just the little things. That will help us reach the main goal.”
Devils soccer fallsSTEAMBOAT SPRINGS – So far, the 4A Slope has not been very welcoming to the Eagle Valley boys soccer team.The Devils have played two games in their new conference and have lost both times, with the latest defeat coming at the feet of the Steamboat Springs Sailors on Tuesday.Junior Mauricio Lagos was the only Eagle Valley player to score in the 4-1 loss. The Sailors’ Alec Nelson netted two goals and Kelly Carlson and Max Hamill both notched one score apiece against Devils senior net minder Ross Herr.
Lagos scored his goal against Sailors goalie Jordan Gray who was replaced in the second half by Bjorn Liekting.Herr was credited with six saves.Contact Nate Peterson at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at email@example.com