Devils spikers plow Palisade in four
GYPSUM ” With apologies to Bill Maher, we present a new rule.
Eagle Valley volleyball is not allowed to lose on setter Kelsey Foster’s birthday.
“There should be a rule,” the senior said. “Almost every year, we play on my birthday.”
Well, Foster had a fabulous 18th birthday, and her teammates celebrated with a 20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-12 over Palisade in Gypsum Saturday.
Eagle Valley moved to 2-0 league and 4-1 with the win, while Palisade dropped to 0-2 and 2-5.
For the second-straight home game, the Devils started slowly dropping the first set.
“I don’t know,” Eagle Valley coach Shawn Weatherred said. “We started slow against Grand Junction. (Tuesday). On (Palisade’s) side of the net, they played well. They’re the best serve-receive team we’ve seen and we didn’t respond.”
Senior Chelsea Lorimor led the way for the Bulldogs with 11 kills and three blocks, while junior Amy Austin put down seven.
Eagle Valley took control from there.
“I think we did not adjust defensively and offensively,” Bulldogs coach Wendy MacAskill said. “(Eagle Valley) hit their spots, got their tips. We had some hesitation and it took the wind out of our sails.”
“I thought we really could do it,” Foster said. “Once we saw them play, we knew we could play to their level. We just stepped it up.”
Whitney VanVoorst led the way with 10 kills, and she got some help late as freshman Alex Lassa came off the bench with seven of her own.
And the birthday girl likes to have options.
“I try to set to whoever’s hot,” Foster said. “If everyone’s on, I try to get it to everyone. It’s a good problem.”
Palisade will try for its first 4A Slope win Thursday at Glenwood Springs. As for Eagle Valley?
“I’d have to check the schedule,” Weatherred joked.
Everybody and their sister knows that Eagle Valley visits Battle Mountain, which sports identical 4-1 and 2-0 records, on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Eagle-Vail.
The Huskies have had the run of play the last three years in this rivalry, but both teams appear evenly-matched, going into this showdown.
“We know it’s coming,” Foster said. “We can’t think it’s Battle Mountain. We’ve got to think like it’s any other team mentally. We’ve got to play from the first point, and give everything we have.”
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