Devils sweep in gym debut
GYPSUM, Colorado – Eagle Valley volleyball opened its gym Thursday night. Too bad the Devils didn’t spend much time in it.
Eagle Valley made short work of Delta, 25-17, 25-17, 25-17.
“It’s a nice gym,” Devils senior Jaclyn Taylor said. “We were all really excited about it. It’s just like the energy. We waited for it since we’ve started (the season), so it’s nice to be in it finally.”
The only issue is what to call the new building.
The Strakbein Center? It does have nice alliteration.
“Strakbein Center? I’m OK with that.” Taylor said.
While Taylor will clearly be graduating next spring because of her response, the school’s principal has already vetoed that suggestion.
“Hades? Darwin’s Waiting Room? I don’t know,” Eagle Valley coach Shawn Weatherred joked.
Whatever it is, it’s spacious, has lots of seats, is well-let and has a high ceiling, although one ball did hit the roof. It also houses a volleyball team which won its league opener Thursday.
Eagle Valley really didn’t face a threat from the visiting Panthers. Eagle Valley built 8-3 and 10-3 leads in the first two games. The Devils looked much more like themselves after two losses last week. Jamie Bair, who recorded the first point in the gym, was a presence up front, as was Shelby Wright. Alex Lasse started pounding some kills as the match went on, doubtless to the delight of her younger sister Emma, 9, who wanted to see her name in the paper.
Game 3 was tight, but Eagle Valley broke it open behind a run of serving by Taylor.
“It’s exciting. It definitely gets you pumped,” Taylor said. “Each serve, you’re back there and know this one’s going to be harder than the last one.”
Eagle Valley (1-0 in the 3A Slope and 2-2 overall) does not have a game Saturday against Palisade. That game is now on Oct. 6. And so, Eagle Valley’s next game will be against none other than Battle Mountain on Tuesday.
The match starts some time around 6:30 p.m. in Gypsum.
“We’ve just got to treat it like any other game,” Weatherred said. “It’s inevitable it’s going to be a lot louder in here. We’re going to see how loud this place can get, hopefully. You can’t really prepare for it. The girls have got to experience it and most of the girls have been through it. We’ve just got to stick with focusing on one point at a time with those kind of games.”
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