Eagle Valley’s season ends at regionals
Vail, CO Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado ” Eagle Valley fell one step short of the state tournament on Saturday. The Devils dropped all three matches at the 4A Region A Volleyball Tournament to end their season.
Eagle Valley finished with a record of 20-6.
“I am super-proud of them,” Eagle Valley coach Shawn Weatherred said. “The school is proud of them. They should be proud of themselves. For going as far as they did is pretty remarkable. A lot of teams could have folded. They pulled together and stayed together the whole time. Win or lose, they did it as a team.”
In their first match of the day, the Devils squared off with No. 8-seeded Skyline. The match held big implications for No. 9 Eagle Valley’s chances to make state. Things started well for the Devils, but it quickly went sour. Eagle Valley took the first set, but lost the next three to Skyline.
Unfortunately for the Devils, they couldn’t regroup against Cheyenne Mountain or Mountain View, losing in three games both times.
“We were in all the games against Skyline and Mountain View, we just couldn’t pull them out,” Weatherred said. “What hurt us is, everyday those guys play in the Northern League. They are a little more battle-tested.”
Despite losing in regionals, this season should be remembered for a long time in Gypsum. Eagle Valley won its first Slope title, and got its first win against Battle Mountain since 2004. Weatherred credited a strong group of seniors for pulling the team together after the season-ending knee injury to Whitney VanVoorst on Sept. 30.
The Devils will say good-bye to VanVoorst, Whitney Wright, Karolina Zolniercyk, Kelsey Foster, Angela Phillips and Kacey Bair.
“The seniors took ownership of the program,” Weatherred said. “They took it upon themselves to make the program better. It shows the younger kids what it takes. I have nothing but respect for those girls, and what they’ve done for me. They’ve been a real joy to coach.”
Still, the future looks bright for Eagle Valley. Freshman Alex Lassa should be a force up front for years to come. Along with Lassa, Jaclyn Taylor, Becka VanVoorst, Lauren Shreeve and Shelby Wright should give Weatherred a solid core of players to work with next season.
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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