Tigers top Wildcats on senior night

The Grand Junction High School volleyball team avenged an early season sweep by Fruita Monument on Tuesday, winning 25-9, 25-27, 25-22, 25-23 at home on senior night.

It was the Tigers’ second straight league victory, and puts them in contention for third place in the Southwestern League.

“These girls have been needing to know how it feels to win for awhile,” Junction coach Leslie Vines said. “They got a small taste against Montrose and were hungry again tonight.”

The Tigers (8-7, 2-4 SWL) jumped to an early 7-3 lead and outplayed a sluggish Wildcats squad that struggled to find a rhythm.

“Junction played the best I’ve seen them play in years,” Fruita coach Bob Richardson said. “Our serve-pass game wasn’t working and we just couldn’t pass some of their servers.”

Grand Junction extended its lead to double digits because its front row kept the Wildcats (11-3, 4-2 SWL) off the net and turned back most of the Wildcat kill attempts, contributing to 15 team blocks.

“They came out with heart and just wanted it really bad,” Vines said. “We wanted it more.”

Fruita rebounded in the second set, taking a 7-3 lead, highlighted by an ace from Nicole Zupan. The Tigers responded with an 8-0 run to take a 17-13 lead. The teams drew even at 25-25, but back-to-back kills won the second game for the Wildcats.

Grand Junction forced game point and the win in the third with two aces by Katie Walker.

The Tigers ended the match with the last of their 19 aces.

Walker and Kricket Adleman led the Tigers with 14 kills each. Justine Roof added 13 kills and led the team with five blocks and five aces. Walker and Adleman each added four aces and Kacie Jay led the Tigers with 29 digs and 22 assists.

Jordan Eatwell led the Wildcats with nine kills and five blocks. Danae Ungaro had a team-leading three aces and also added 10 assists. Michelle Midgely had 18 digs.

Soccer

Montrose scored two goals in the final eight minutes to defeat Grand Junction 3-2 in a Southwestern League game at Canyon View Park.

Hector Almanza scored the game-winner on a free kick for the Indians (9-0-2, 5-0-1 SWL) after a Grand Junction penalty.

Kyle Gibbons and Josh Murdock scored for the Tigers (1-7-2, 1-5 SWL).

Softball

Sierra Detwiller hit a pair of two-run home runs to lead Palisade to an 18-7 victory over Eagle Valley to clinch at least a tie for the Western Slope League title.

Katie Rupe started for the Bulldogs (6-11, 3-1 WSL) and Shelby Rubalcaba pitched in relief.

The Central-Fruita Monument and Montrose-Grand Junction games were postponed because of rain.

Central and Fruita will play at 4 p.m. today at Kronkright Complex. The Montrose-Grand Junction game hasn’t been rescheduled.


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