Weatherred, Eagle Valley win first match
Vail, CO Colorado
GRANBY, Colorado ” Shawn Weatherred’s coaching debut as head man of the Eagle Valley volleyball team couldn’t have gone any better. The Devils opened their 2008 season with a three-game victory over Middle Park in Granby on Tuesday.
Eagle Valley cruised in the first two games, winning 25-15. The Class 4A Devils closed out the match with a 25-19 victory in Game 3. The Pirates came into the game ranked No. 8 in Class 3A.
“It was a good start,” Weatherred said. “The girls did what we worked on, which is taking the game one point at a time. They didn’t get out of our game plan at all. Middle Park was a real tall team. Overall, we just stayed steady and served the ball well.”
It didn’t take long for Eagle Valley to gain control in the first game. The Devils jumped out to an early lead and easily held off Middle Park for the 25-15 win. In the second game, Eagle Valley came back from a 7-3 deficit for the victory. The Pirates made the Devils work a little harder in the third, but Eagle Valley won the back-and-forth game 25-19 to clinch the match.
“Our middle (hitters) did pretty well,” Weatherred said. “When the opportunity was there, we took advantage of it. They blocked us a few times, but overall, we were working the ball around the blocks.”
A couple of seniors stood out in Eagle Valley’s first match of the season. Whitney VanVoorst led the Devils with six kills and six aces in the tournament. Angela Phillips registered four kills for Eagle Valley.
“Angela Phillips is the little engine that could,” Weatherred said. “She did great. She had three or four kills and a couple of blocks. She really showed that size is not the only thing that matters.”
Kelsey Foster notched six aces in the victory for Eagle Valley.
“It’s nice to get a win,” Weatherred said. “It was nice for the girls to play the way they did. They played the way we wanted, win or lose.”
Eagle Valley (1-0) is back in action Thursday at Grand Junction Central.
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or email@example.com.