Eagle Valley overwhelms Rifle | VailDaily.com

Eagle Valley overwhelms Rifle

EVVB Forsyth, Summer BH 9-30 Bret Hartman/bhartman@vaildaily.com Eagle Valley's Summer Forsyth makes a block Thursday against Rifle in Gypsum. Eagle Valley rolled to the victory in 3 games.

GYPSUM – Rifle’s Brittanie Conrardy looked like she had just been hit with a cannon ball Thursday night at Eagle Valley.Two seconds earlier, Devils senior outside hitter Kenzie Shreeve had crushed a Whitney Donohue assist straight down into the outstretched forearms of Conrardy, who managed to get under the ball for a dig but was unable to control it as it rocketed out of play.Conrardy, with her eyes wide open and mouth agape, then turned to one of her teammates and mouthed, “Wow.” Wow was right. Shreeve and the rest of her Eagle Valley mates blasted the Bears from start to finish in their 4A Slope matchup, winning in three straight games, 25-9, 25-10, 25-15.

At the top of the list of positives for Karl Talcott’s team was the fact that the coach was able to plug in younger players throughout the night including sophomores Summer Forsyth, Michelle Parmenter and Ashley Fahrenholtz.”It’s great when the seniors are playing so well and clicking and give the younger girls an opportunity to get in,” Talcott said. “Fortunately, Rifle wasn’t really on their game and we were able to mix and match. The upperclassmen were able to teach the underclassmen really well, and the underclassmen were listening and getting with the program.”The younger Devils spikers were impressive in their time on the floor, but not as impressive as their older counterparts. As usual, Shreeve was the most potent weapon in her team’s offensive arsenal as she blasted 22 kills to go with six aces.Senior right side hitter Jessica Stiles also did her part, racking up a season-best eight aces. Six of those serving points came at the end of the third game when Stiles took the ball with her team up, 19-15, and served it to the win.

“Jessica was awesome tonight,” senior defensive specialist Shannon Aragon said. “She had her best night serving ever. It was amazing to watch her.”Aragon and Stiles both finished with four digs and Shreeve finished with six.”We just came out really strong and we executed really well, really quickly,” Donohue said after the game. “It made it possible for the younger girls to come in and fill in. They did a really good job.”Learning curve

Despite the lopsided loss, Rifle coach Geneva Farr was pleased with her team’s effort Thursday, especially in the third game. The Rams hung around in the final frame all the way up to a tie score of 14-14, before Eagle Valley went on a 11-1 run to record the sweep.”We have nothing to lose,” Farr said. “We are 0-8 on the season and we are doing the best we can when we get on the court. This team that I’m coaching now, in the last two years hasn’t had any structured ball at all. We’re playing teams that have been playing like this for a while, and they’re having every opportunity on the court and against their opponents to play the best that they can.”With the win Eagle Valley improved to 6-4 overall and 3-3 in league. The Devils play next at Glenwood Springs Saturday at 1 p.m.Contact Nate Peterson at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at npeterson@vaildaily.com.

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