Eagle Valley storms back against Delta
GYPSUM – It was almost lights out early for Eagle Valley volleyball Thursday night. Down two games to none, and trailing 24-22 in the third game, the Devils used a little magic to stave off two match points and beat Delta in five games, 16-25, 16-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-13.”I don’t think we should have ever been down two games, but to be down like that and come back is awesome,” said Eagle Valley coach Rob Crawford.Feeding off momentum from the close fourth game victory, the Devils jumped ahead, 6-2, in the final game. Eagle Valley mixed up its offense, using hard kills and soft touches to rack up the points.But the weary Panthers had some fight left, and crawled back to take the lead at 13-12. After an Eagle Valley timeout, Ashely Farenholtz had a kill that tied the game and gave the serve to Kellee Hollis.One the next two points, Hollis sent over short serves that Delta players were unable to handle. When her second serve bounced off a Delta arm and hit the floor, the entire Devils team went wild.
“They were two aces, but I messed up on both of them,” Hollis said. “I was lucky.”Hollis may have been lucky, but after the Devils edged out the Panthers in the third game, Delta seemed to have its energy sapped by Eagle Valley.”They got a little less aggressive and weren’t hitting on us,” Hollis said.Eagle Valley also got its act together.”We were messing around with the lineup and it was low energy (in the first two games),” Crawford said. “Then we got a little bit on fire and found ourselves with a chance to win.”Blocks and kills
Delta’s big hitter, Bria Lovato, got a little taste of some Devils’ hands, and didn’t like it too much.”We blocked (her) a few times, and then I think she got scared a bit,” said Eagle Valley’s Summer Forsyth. “She was their only hitter, so they were pretty much done after that.”For the Devils’ Farenholtz, it was an improvement of spirits that had her earning a team-high 13 kills, all of which came in the final three games.”The best thing Ashley did tonight was to show she could come back after not playing up to par,” Crawford said. “She’s getting it in her head that she can beat the ball like a star.”When the Devils started to communicate, they let fewer balls hit the ground.”We had the ball in front of us, which helps a lot,” Forsyth said.Michelle Parmenter, who usually surprises the opposition with her huge hits, didn’t swing as hard against Delta, and for good reason. Parmenter hurt her neck, and was visibly in pain, but by the end of the match was back in fine form.
Dancing queensCrawford is all about his team having a good time on the court, especially if it helps them play well.”You saw them dancing on the court in between points,” Crawford said. “If that’s what it takes, they can do it every time. I’m not going to mess with that.”With the win, Eagle Valley sweeps Delta in the season series. Saturday, the Devils are one the road at Palisade.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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