Rindy and Murphy lead Devils spikers selections
GYPSUM — All-league selections are a mixed bag.
It means a program is saying goodbye to some really fantastic players. And, occasionally, these selections are coming back, which makes one want to proceed immediately to next season.
Eagle Valley volleyball has a very good mixed bag. The Devils have two seniors in Jaimee Rindy and Morgan Murphy who are first-team selections. Everyone associated with the program will sorely miss these two.
On the other hand, Eagle Valley has four — count’em four — honorable-mention selections coming back to the team for next year.
This is the point that if it were in coach Lindsey Myers’ personality to laugh in a fiendish way as a super-villain does in a movie, she probably would.
All Rindy did this year was lead the state of Colorado in blocking. We’re not talking the 4A Slope. We’re talking everybody from 1A to 5A.
No. 7 was pretty darn good.
“She’s going to Coe College (in Iowa), and they just won their conference,” Myers said. “She’s shown she can grow here and she’ll continue to do so there.”
Murphy hit the ball hard … very hard. She would tattoo the orb into submission.
Aside from that vital skill as an outside hitter, she was big in small ways, too.
“She brought a lot of leadership to the team,” Myers said. “She was one of our leaders emotionally and physically. We looked to her and were able to count on her.”
And coming back
Molly Jewitt is a sophomore and probably didn’t get the ink she deserved this season as one of the team’s setters. That’s probably going to change in the next two years.
“She brought a lot of focus and fire to the team,” Myers said. “And we have her for two more years.”
This is a happy theme for Eagle Valley. Continuing the motif, Carlee Morrison is a junior.
“A lot of teams thought she was a go-to hitter,” Myers said of the meeting where the league’s coaches vote on these accolades. “She hit the ball and it didn’t come back.”
There were a lot of good cheers from the student section during matches, but one the crew missed was “She’s a freshman.” That’s Becy Glutova. The frosh showed she belonged.
“She really showed the maturity to blend in with an older team and proved that she was meant to be part of the group,” Myers said.
And, yep, three more years with Glutova.
Libero Devon Green comes back as well. There’s no glory in that position, but nothing goes forward without good work in the back.
“She brought a lot of consistency and leadership to the court,” Myers said. “She took charge in the back row. It’s great to see that out of her as a junior.”
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