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Devils volleyball surprises Cedaredge

Ryan Slabaugh

Friday’s match told a different story.

The Devils, behind excellent serving by sophomore Kenzie Shreeve and some big hits from senior Kim Smith, pounded the Bruins in two games, 15-4, 15-7, for the Devils’ first conference win.

“They were prepared but they didn’t execute,” said Smith, who recorded six kills in the brief match. “They had good hitters, but they didn’t seem to get going until late.”

In the first game, Eagle Valley jumped out to a 13-3 lead after a Smith kill forced the Bruins to call a timeout. It didn’t help, as senior Chelsea Abbott served two balls for the win.

In game two, the Devils jumped out to another huge lead. Shreeve served the first nine points of the match and senior Diane Mayne and company used some fancy footwork to surprise the Bruins.

“With bigger leads, we try some sneakier stuff,” said senior setter Erin Sterkel. “Some of them worked.”

That sneaky stuff won the match for the Devils.

Up 12-2, a good dig by Smith ended up in a mis-hit. Sterkel, on her knees, waved at the ball with her right hand, sneaking the ball over the net. A surprised Bruin team would be even more shocked on the next point, when Abbott dug a monster hit by the Bruins’ Heather Stratman. The ball found nothing but open court.

“They held it together very well,” Devils head coach Karl Talcott said. “It was similar to last week’s win over Moffat County. They presented some weaknesses and the girls jumped all over them.”

Eagle Valley (5-2) will travel to Olathe Friday for another Western Slope League contest.

The first win, however, was impressive.

“It’s a little relief,” senior Jean Romershauser said. “We had to beat a team we lost to last year and we did. It’s always good to start on a positive.”

NOTES: Shreeve served for 13 points in the match and added five kills… After a tough serving day last week, the Devils missed only five Friday… The second game started with Eagle Valley leading 1-0, after the Bruins were penalized for a late roster… The Devils are having a car wash fund-raiser this morning at 9 in the Columbine Square parking lot across from the high school. Bring your cash and a dirty car.


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