Devils spikers sweep to Homecoming success
GYPSUM – The Eagle Valley volleyball team overcame numerous Homecoming weekend distractions to mount an impressive, all-around, team effort and sweep a very talented, and very game Basalt Longhorns team, 3-0, (25-19, 25-16, 25-23).
With pep rallies during the day, a dance Saturday night and a game to play on Friday, it would have been easy for the Devils to lose focus and drop an important game to a Basalt team that was young and well-coached.
However, strong play from senior Trista Sandoval, andjuniors Kelli Verderber, Kenzie Shreeve, and Whitney Donahue would lead the Devils to victory.
“It was a great team effort,” said Donahue, who finished the evening with five aces and 18 assists. “Everyone did their part, and we got the job done.”
The first game was dominated by Shreeve, who had her serve going and was playing a strong game at the net both offensively and defensively. She would end up with seven aces and 11 kills for the game.
“Our serving was really good tonight,” said Verderber, owner of four kills against Basalt. “Kenzie had a good run in the first game, and Whitney had a couple of good runs.”
The Longhorns’ Robin Child and Lauren Redfern were formidable forces for the Devils to deal with at the net, but Eagle Valley managed to negate their size at the net by keeping Basalt out-of-system all night.
“We knew we had to come out and play with intensity,” said Sandoval. “We knew our crowd wanted it, and we knew we wanted it. And, you never want to lose Homecoming game.”
With the match score 2-0, the Devils would find themselves down 23-22 in Game 3. Wanting to close out the match and not give Basalt new life, Coach Karl Talcott called a timeout in which Verderber would give the team a strong message.
“We just wanted to press hard, step it up and finish them off.,” said Verderber.
Donahue would step up to serve and do just that. The Devils won the next three points and put this match in the books, improving their record to 11-3 overall, and 3-1 in the conference.
Eagle Valley will be in action this week against Aspen and Soroco at home looking to improve on what has already been an impressive season.