Palisade volleyball team loses second straight match, Fruita survives against Montrose
The Palisade High School volleyball team has hit a rough patch.
The Bulldogs (9-6, 6-2 Western Slope League) dropped their second consecutive match, falling Tuesday at Moffat County 25-20, 23-25, 20-25, 15-25.
“It’s not technical, but a mental block right now,” Palisade coach Wendy MacAskill said. “We have to work through it.”
Audrey Steinkirchner led the Bulldogs with 23 kills, 14 digs, five blocks and three aces. Jenny Thibodeau added 15 digs.
Palisade has games this week against Battle Mountain on Thursday and Eagle Valley on Saturday.
Fruita Monument (15-1, 5-1 Southwestern League) survived a push from Montrose to win 25-19, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 15-4.
Janine Kirtland helped control the match with four aces. She added 27 digs.
Camille Kovach had 21 kills and 15 digs. Angie Archuleta finished with 17 assists and Vanessa Bodie had 15 assists.
The Wildcats play at Durango and Montezuma-Cortez this weekend.
Palisade took more shots, but scored fewer goals in a 4-1 Western Slope League loss to Eagle Valley at the Peach Bowl.
Eagle Valley scored three goals in the first half and added a fourth early in the second half for a 4-0 lead.
Alfonso Medina scored in the 70th minute for Palisade (2-9-1, 0-7-1 WSL) on a penalty kick.
Palisade took 14 shots to Eagle Valley’s 10.
Palisade goalkeeper Robert Millican had two saves.