Devils volleyball wins league opener in convincing fashion
Eagle Valley volleyball played the role of rude guests in Cedaredge Friday by crushing the Bruins in three games – 25-16, 25-22, 25-19.
The Devils played tough, and were rewarded with a victory in their league opener.
“It’s really tough coming into this gym because there’s a lot of community support, especially after a long bus ride,” said senior captain Trista Sandoval. “But, right from the get-go, our intensity was high.”
Junior Kenzie Shreeve led the team with nine kills and four aces.
“Kenzie led us on a comeback with some great serving when we were down in the first game,” said Mariah Scott. “Our communication and coverage on the court was awesome.”
Sandoval had five kills and four aces. Mandy Fischer had two key blocks in the first game.
“Mandy’s blocks definitely got us off the ground,” said Eagle Valley coach Karl Talcott.
Junior Shannon Aragon had two aces.
“Tonight, we needed to step it up, and we did. We put it all out there,” said junior captain Whitney Donohue. “We did a lot of things well. We were thinking tactically about how to distract them (Cedaredge), and put the ball where they weren’t.”
The Devils, who have looked increasingly better with each match, plan on working on their serves and blocking techniques during practice this week.
“The most key thing was that we all played as a whole,” said Sandoval. “We had key assists from Whitney and some key digs from Shannon from the back. We always try and play with a lot of heart.”
The Devils host Colorado Academy Thursday at 6:30 p.m., and Olathe on Friday at 4 p.m.
Andrew Harley can be contacted at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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