Vail Valley preps: Devils spikers sweep Summit
Vail, CO Colorado
FARMER’S KORNER – Battling back and forth the entire game, Summit pulled ahead 23-20 after a timely kill by Katie Johnson and back-to-back aces from Lisa Evans. The Tigers were just two points away from stealing the third game.
Then Eagle Valley responded.
“I got to clear the bench in the third game and get those girls some playing time,” Eagle Valley volleyball coach Shawn Weatherred said. “I told them that no matter what, they were playing the full game. They were down 23-21 (sic) and fought back for the victory.”
A critical block by Becca VanVoorst on the ensuing serve started a rally for the Devils, a rally that ended with Lauren Shreeve smashing the ball through the Summit defense for the 25-23 win – closing out a clean 3-0 sweep of the Tigers at Farmer’s Korner on Tuesday.
Eagle Valley cruised in the first two games, 25-7 and 25-14 as the Devils upped thier mark to 3-1. For Summit (1-7), the third set was a moral victory. For the Devils, Tuesday’s win was another exercise in focus.
“We jumped out to a big lead, but we focused on finishing,” Weatherred said. “Not finishing cost us against Fruita Monument. Right now, we need to focus, even when we have a big lead.”
Summit coach Liz Hughes said, ” … It was good they came out in that third game and played awesome. I’m proud of them.”
The play in the third was a far cry from the first two stanzas. After dominating Game 1, Eagle Valley started the second with 10 straight points, all of which came on serves from Shelby Wright. Although the Tigers rallied for some points in the middle of the game, the second was never close.
“That third game, they showed up,” Hughes said. “Eagle Valley’s definitely a really good team. They have some big players, some older players, a lot of really good players. All of this is good for our girls.”
Eagle Valley returns home Thursday for a big nonconference match with Montrose, a state regular as recently as 2008.
“I think they’re well-coached,” Weatherred said. “I was talking to (Battle Mountain coach) Lara (Bossow) and she was saying they’re very skilled defensively. That should be a good test for us to stay focused and keep swinging.