Saturday’s volleyball wrap: All four schools in action
EAST VAIL — Vail Mountain School volleyball put its best foot forward in a 25-16, 25-15, 25-16 win over Soroco on Saturday night.
“We played a controlled and fast game that kept our momentum building,” VMS coach Whitney Armistead said. “Chloe Pesso, our setter, was on fire with her consistency and placement. That allows all of our hitters the opportunity to attack well.”
Sarah Evans led that attack with 21 kills. And don’t forget the defensive specialists in back. They get it all started. Armistead had postgame kudos for Nellie Smith and Alyssa Hilb.
VMS is next in action at home on Thursday against Plateau Valley.
Fruita downs Huskies
EDWARDS — Battle Mountain volleyball had a rough start to the season, falling to 5A Fruita Monument, 25-21, 25-15, 25-19, on Friday night.
“We are very inexperienced and we showed it,” Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “We’ve got to grow up quickly and show some hunger.”
While every team in every sport puts great emphasis on a season opener, it is a statistical fact that 50 percent of teams loser their opener. It does not decide the season.
On the positive side of the ledger, Ariel Webb made her first varsity start at outside hitter. Cassi Kelchner donned the libero jersey for the first time. Meanwhile, Lillian Benway led the team in attacks.
Battle Mountain (0-1) hosts Vail Christian on Tuesday.
Indians too much for Devils
MONTROSE — That wasn’t how things were meant to start.
Eagle Valley volleyball lost its opener at Montrose, 25-14, 22-25, 26-24, 25-18, on Saturday.
In fairness, the Devils were shorthanded with Becy Glutova taking the SATs and setter Bree Gates out with an ankle injury.
While those are noticeable absences, those are not excuses.
“Too many unforced errors,” Devils coach Jackie Rindy said. “They’ll be fine.”
Rindy said that Emma Lassa had a great game and back-up setter Erin Keeney did a nice job picking up the slack.
Eagle Valley (0-1) hosts Central on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Saints bow to Caliche
LAFAYETTE — Caliche took down Vail Christian in three sets on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
“It was good to be able to watch our girls in action,” Saints coach Lisa Bradley said.
“We definitely need to improve our serve-receive and defense. The girls have been fantastic in their improvement from Day 1.”
The Saints continue nonconference play on Tuesday at Battle Mountain.