Wildcats sweep rival Warriors in volleyball
On a night when Fruita Monument High School’s volleyball team donned pink jerseys to support breast cancer awareness, the Wildcats quickly closed out Central 28-26, 25-19, 25-14.
“It’s important to show these young girls the gravity of breast cancer and being aware of the risk it presents,” Fruita coach Bob Richardson said.
The Wildcats (11-2, 4-1 SWL) started hot, ripping off five quick points, two on aces.
The Warriors (4-8, 2-1 SWL) battled back with the aid of four Wildcat errors and one service error, taking a 12-11 lead.
Fruita regrouped and pushed the lead to 23-17 before Eiley Durham closed it out with a kill only inches from the service line.
“We finished well and defended well,” Durham said. “We did well keeping (the ball) in on tough points.”
Fruita carried its momentum into the second set, taking an 8-1 lead.
The Wildcats had another quick start in the third set, going up 7-2 behind dominant performances from Durham and Jordan Eatwell.
“We communicated well but we need to get out of sets quicker,” Eatwell said.
Richardson said his team finally hit its stride in the third set.
“We stayed confident through the whole game but we need to finish sets better,” Richardson said. “We let the first set go on too long and struggled in the second set. We got it together in the third set.”
Eatwell led the Wildcats with 10 kills and two blocks. Durham and Joelle LeFevre added six kills each. LeFevre added three aces and 15 digs and Jen Morris and Denae Ungaro notched 16 and 12 assists, respectively.
Central’s Kimber Baker and Robbi Termentozzi each had seven kills. Termentozzi had a team-high two blocks and added an ace. Rayleigh Norton had 19 assists and Demi Ruder had 16 digs.
“We need to communicate better, and most importantly, start playing aggressively,” Central coach Beth Nelson said.
Grand Junction 3, Montrose 2: Justine Roof had nine kills and 12 blocks in the Tigers’ 25-27, 25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 17-15 victory.
The Tigers (5-7, 1-4 SWL) controlled the net, with Margaret Harris coming up with seven blocks and Carmen Pipe six. Pipe and Harris also had six kills each and Katie Walker and Madi Gastineau seven kills each.
Delta 3, Palisade 2: The Panthers upset the Bulldogs (9-3, 4-1 WSL) 22-25, 9-25, 25-23, 25-20, 16-14 in Delta.
Central 9, Montrose 8: The Indians had the tying run on second base when Central pitcher Laurel Rafferty got a strikeout and a pop-up to save the game.
Taylor Hice hit a two-run home run in the fifth for the Warriors (7-6, 2-3 SWL).
Delta 8, Palisade 4: The Panthers built a 3-1 lead and added five runs in the seventh in the Western Slope League game.
The Bulldogs (5-11, 2-1 WSL) left eight runners on base. Angela Gordon was 4 for 4 with a double.
Steamboat Springs 5, Palisade 0: The Sailors scored four goals in the first half en route to a Western Slope League victory.
Hanson Buckner scored two goals for Steamboat.
Grand Junction wrapped up its dual-meet season with an 11-0 record, defeating Central 7-0.
Spencer Weinberg, at No. 1 singles, and Caleb Gartner and Jacob Filutze, the Tigers’ No. 1 doubles team, improved to 11-0 in dual matches. Weinberg defeated Jesi Nordstrom 6-1, 6-1 and Gartner and Filutze matched that score against Ryler Colunga and Lael Nordstrom.
The Tigers didn’t lose more than one game in any other match, and Luke Ledebur (No. 2 singles) and Matthew Prinster and Aaron Gossage (No. 4 doubles) won their matches 6-0, 6-0.
The Class 5A regional tournament is Oct. 6-7 at the Elliott Tennis Center.