Eagle Valley officially postseason-bound
GYPSUM — Eagle Valley volleyball senior Jaimee Rindy said it at her team’s home opener back on Sept. 4.
“This is the year we win league and go to state,” the middle-blocker said after the Devils beat Grand Valley.
And, seven weeks later, Eagle Valley got the first part of that statement done, beating Glenwood Springs, 26-24, 25-19, 25-15, on Thursday night to ice the program’s first league title since 2010, which just happens to be the last time the Devils headed down to the Denver Coliseum.
“I am so proud of us,” Rindy said on Thursday. “This is something we’ve been working toward since we got to varsity. Senior year is the year to do it.”
Eagle Valley finishes the regular season at 19-4 overall and 12-2. Even if Steamboat and Battle Mountain win out, the Devils hold the tiebreaker by virtue of set-percentage won in matches among the three.
Senior Kenzee Sisson aptly described 2014 as a “roller coaster.” The season started before it started with coach Garrett La Force dying during an auto accident in July.
“We were doing it for Garrett,” coach Lindsey Myers said. “That’s the bottom line. We wanted to take this one for him. We’ve so far proven that we’re a strong team and that we can finish. We’re not done.”
Eagle Valley is most definitely not done, but where are they going is a serious question. Maxpreps.com, which is considered “the primary seeding consideration,” according to CHSAA, for regionals had Battle Mountain No. 9, Steamboat No. 12 and Eagle Valley No. 13 before Thursday’s match. The top-12 teams host regionals Saturday after next.
This is a head-scratcher for Eagle Valley partisans as the Devils beat those two teams last week and are now league champions. Coach Myers said that she expects to see some shakeup in the ranking during the final two days of the regular season and that it may bode well for her team hosting a regional.
“We’ll know on Sunday, but we’ve done all we can do as a team,” Myers said.
And while Gypsum would be preferable, Eagle Valley wants to go to state so badly that it would happily play regionals on one of the rings of Saturn if it was necessary.
Take a bow
Thursday was also Senior Night for Eagle Valley. Morgan Murphy, Sisson, Rindy and Monica Sanchez took their bows before the game.
To accommodate the seniors, Sisson moved to libero in place of Devon Green. We’re not sure that being a libero — i.e. having the other team hit volleyballs really hard at you — is a reward, but Sisson seemed happy enough about it.
Wherever they were on the court throughout the season, the volleyball Class of 2015 has made its mark.
“They were Garrett’s seniors and we’ve gone through a lot,” Myers said. “I feel like they’re my seniors now.”
The match itself wasn’t much on Thursday. Glenwood Springs at 7-13 is playing out the string. The Devils lacked their usual intensity, but it’s understandable, given the emotion needed during the last month or so. Eagle Valley made it 12 wins in row with a dominating third game.
Next stop? Regionals.
“We’ve worked hard for it,” Sisson said. “That’s one step closer to state and that’s all of our dreams.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.
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