Wildcats open volleyball postseason with win

The Fruita Monument volleyball team held off Castle View 3-2 on Friday in the opening game of the 5A District 3 playoffs in Parker.

The Wildcats won 25-13, 25-20 25-27, 20-25, 16-14 against the slow-starting Sabercats, who were swept by Ralston Valley in the first round of the tournament earlier in the day.

The final game was tied several times, with back-and-forth sideouts, Fruita coach Bob Richardson said. Fruita picked up the win when Castle View made an error on match point.

Outside hitter Camille Kovach had 28 kills and 24 digs and Katy Haerle added 11 kills for the Wildcats. Janine Kirtland had 36 digs and Angie Archuleta 32 assists.

The win clinches a berth in the elimination portion of the tournament today, with seeding determined after today’s 9 a.m. match against Ralston Valley. The winner will receive the No. 1 seed and play the No. 2 team from the other pool.

The loser of this morning’s match plays the winner of the other pool in the elimination round.

The four-team crossover round starts at 10:45 a.m., with semifinal winners advancing to the regionals.


Glenwood Springs clinched a Class 3A state playoff berth with a 24-7 victory at Delta.

It is the Demons’ first Western Slope Conference title since they won the state championship in 2008. Delta, which went into the game 16th in wild-card points, is on the cusp of the playoffs with one week left to play.

Moffat County defeated Eagle Valley 35-14 in Gypsum. The Bulldogs outscored Eagle Valley 21-0 in the first half.

Battle Mountain beat Steamboat Springs 12-7, the Huskies’ first win against Steamboat since 1992.

In the Class 2A Western Slope Conference, Roaring Fork beat Grand Valley 30-7 in Carbondale. A 23-yard interception return from Trae Moxley in the second quarter helped build the Rams’ lead. Moxley also had a punt block and a touchdown reception.

Gunnison scored 15 points in the third quarter to beat Cedaredge 21-0 at home and Hotchkiss beat Meeker 46-6.


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