Devils, Saints spikers win
GYPSUM — And the biggest thing that happened to Eagle Valley volleyball on Tuesday actually had nothing to do with what the Devils did.
Make no mistake — Eagle Valley did take care of business, rolling Rifle in three on Tuesday.
The big news was that Steamboat Springs took down Battle Mountain up north on Tuesday. That makes it a race again for the 4A Slope.
Battle Mountain is now 9-1 in the league. Eagle Valley is 8-2, and the Devils just happen to head to Edwards tonight. Steamboat (9-2) is rooting for Eagle Valley as well. A Devils’ win throws the race into a three-way tie with set percentage likely becoming the tiebreaker.
Exercising our powers of higher math, here’s how set percentage stands going into tonight’s match. Battle Mountain is 7-6 in sets against the Sailors and Devils for a 53.8 percentage. Steamboat is 9-9 for 50 percent. Eagle Valley is 7-8 and 46.7 percent.
Again, remembering the author is a liberal-arts major, Eagle Valley winning in five tonight would leave all three teams deadlocked in head-to-head meetings and in sets, 9-9. Eagle Valley in four or three sets would give the Devils the advantage in the tiebreaker.
The Huskies, meanwhile, probably want to keep it simple by winning the match to give it the inside track to an outright Slope title.
And after all that, please do remember there are still more games to be played during the regular season. Both the Huskies and Devils have three games each left in the Slope after tonight.
Today’s match starts at 6:30 p.m.-ish.
Saints sweep West Grand
Vail Christian volleyball avenged its only Western Slope Northern Division loss of the season by sweeping West Grand, 25-19, 25-15, 25-20, on Tuesday night in the Wheeler Athletic Center in Edwards.
The Saints (13-5 overall and 10-1) also wrapped up the top seed from the Northern Division, going into districts up in Soroco next week.
Vail Christian finishes up the regular season on Friday night against DeBeque. That is Homecoming and Senior Night for the Saints.