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Eagle Valley tops Rifle for Slope title

Daily file photoMembers of the Eagle Valley volleyball team celebrate after a point earlier this season. On Thursday, the Devils swept Rifle to capture the 2008 4A Slope League title.

RIFLE, Colorado ” Eagle Valley better make room in its gym for some more hardware. On Thursday, the Devils volleyball team captured the 2008 4A Slope League championship with a three-game victory over Rifle.

The soccer team accomplished the same feat just two days earlier for Eagle Valley’s second Slope title this fall.

“The girls should be proud of themselves,” Eagle Valley coach Shawn Weatherred said. “They really worked hard and they earned it. It’s a good league, a much tighter league than years past. They could have just settled for beating Battle Mountain, but they went on to win the league.

“It’s pretty cool. They are happy and excited they won league, but they want more.”

The Devils easily handled Rifle, 25-15, 25-17, 25-17, to run their record to 12-1 in the league and 16-2 overall. Each game played out basically the same way Thursday. Eagle Valley would jump out to an early lead and hold on for the victory.

“We just played pretty steady,” Weatherred said. “It wasn’t a real emotional game, it was a quiet gym. I wouldn’t say we dominated them, but we were four-five points ahead in each game.”

A huge reason for Eagle Valley’s success this season also helped against Rifle. Weatherred’s team is filled with talented players who can help end an opponent’s rally.

“That’s our game, steady and consistent,” Weatherred said. “We don’t have a lot of flash, but everybody can contribute. That’s pretty rare in high school volleyball. Everyone can get a kill and get you out of a rut.”

Eagle Valley has one match left in its regular season before starting postseason play. The Devils host Glenwood Springs at 1 p.m on Saturday.

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or ismith@vaildaily.com.

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