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Eagle Valley spikers top No. 6 CA

One of the more pressing questions when it comes to Eagle Valley volleyball is why aren’t these girls ranked?

Coming into Thursday night’s game at No. 6 Colorado Academy, the 3A Devils had an impressive 5-2 mark – with their only two losses being to Glenwood Springs – ranked third in 4A – and Middle Park – No. 5 in 3A.

The Devils made their case Thursday night, taking out No. 6 Colorado Academy in four games (22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-22).

Hopefully, the pollsters will be taking notice.

“It was an outstanding game against an outstanding team,” Devils coach Karl Talcott said. “They had really big, dynamic hitters. Our girls’ team chemistry was fantastic and, as Dean Smith said, “Chemistry is everything.'”

We’re not sure if Talcott is a Tarheel, but he does have a point. The numbers bear it out. Kenzie Shreeve had a monster game with 27 kills. Joining her were Kelli Verderber and Trista Sandoval with 12 each.

Whitney Donahue was making sure everything was clicking with 54 assists.

On the defensive end, Mariah Scott had 12 digs, while Verderber had 11. Donahue and Sandoval led the team with five and four aces, respectively.

And it doesn’t stop there.

“Mandy Fischer had a breakthrough night with five total blocks – two solos and three assists,” Talcott said. “Kelli Verderber had a career night in just about every category.”

Key moment No. 1 in the match came in Game 1, when Eagle Valley trailed 24-17 and ran off five-straight points. Though the Devils lost the game, it set the stage for the following three games.

The Devils rolled out in Game 2 behind Scott, according to Talcott, and overcame a 9-1 deficit in the third.

“The whole team did an outstanding job of taking Colorado Academy out of their system,” Talcott said. “Down 9-1 in Game 3 was probably the high point. Everything came together as a team. They worked together steadily and consistently. They were able to look within themselves and say, “We can beat a good team, when we’re down.'”

There’s no rest for the Devils. Eagle Valley hosts Olathe tonight at 6 p.m.

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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