Devils volleyball lets history go to its head
GYPSUM – Had Eagle Valley volleyball allowed itself to keep a clear head, its match against Palisade would have been a whole different story.As it happened, the Devils flew onto the court straight out of Tasmania into an immediate lead, but then collapsed all in one fell swoop of a bad memory.”We had a tough game against them last year and lost,” said Eagle Valley’s Kellee Hollis. “We got up. Then, they had a really good play and we kind of just lost it. They came back really fast and we got really down and stopped talking to each other.”The Devils fell in three games, 25-22, 25-16, 25-12.
Within a few minutes of the first game, the hometeam was up 10-4. Ashley Fahrenholtz launched into her second serve with an ace, Joanna Storer backed it up with a score on a high-speed spike and Hollis faked a spike to tip the ball over the net onto an empty piece of floor.But suddenly, the score began to slip and Palisade accelerated to tie it, 10-10.”I think that we just didn’t take it seriously enough,” said Lyndee Cox. “We started off really well and they started coming back and we lost it. We just didn’t know how to react to it. Coming back, we don’t know what to do. We need to control it.”The score was matched evenly until Palisade pulled ahead for the game victory. The visiting team kept its momentum to lead 4-0 into the second game before Fahrenholtz closed a rally with a spike and Palisade slipped up in its own errors. The score was tied, 7-7 for a short time before overshot serves, net calls and other errors cost Eagle Valley another big slip. Palisade adopted a knack for pushing the ball into an empty hole at center-court and walked out of Game 2, 25-16.Not giving up entirely, the Devils matched Palisade’s first three points in Game 3, but then proceeded to collapse into errors.”We were in the net a lot,” Hollis said. “That really killed us.”
Cox had a couple of well-placed tips and Michelle Parmenter aced a serve, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap the team had created for itself in errors.”If we stay out of the net, we’ll have more points, rather than giving them so many points for our mistakes,” Cox said. Palisade caught on to the middle-court dump, successfully putting almost every Eagle Valley player onto her stomach.”We’re not moving our feet enough,” Cox said. “We’re kind of leaning forward and thinking we’re going to get it, but we don’t.”Palisade reigned strong to wrap up Game 3, 25-12, but Eagle Valley isn’t prepared to succumb to Palisade’s same pattern in its forthcoming rematch.
“We’ll beat them the next time we play them,” Hollis said. “After last year, we were expecting them to be really good. We stopped talking to each other a little bit and let it go.”Eagle Valley takes on Aspen at home on Tuesday.Sports Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 610, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail Colorado