Delta volleyball team rallies past Palisade in five games

Delta rallied to win the final two games, defeating Palisade 25-21, 8-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-6 in Class 4A Western Slope League volleyball Tuesday at Palisade.

Delta coach Beth Nelson said the Panthers came out with a lot of fire, but her inexperienced team got a little overconfident and suffered the consequences in Game 2. Her team battle back from there, leading Nelson to say, “(Palisade) made some good adjustments on offense, and we made some good adjustments on defense and pulled out the win. The composure, I was proud of them for that.”

Palisade coach Wendy Mac-Askill said her team mentally let down in the final game, which was a shame, because the Bulldogs had played so well before that.

“We played our best volleyball of the season at the start of the match,” she said, “but we couldn’t finish it.”

Shelby Curtis led Delta (6-13, 2-8 WSL) with 12 kills. Haley Millard added six blocks and six kills, Baily Massano had 26 digs, and Toni Ortiz had 16 assists for the Panthers.

Alyssa Chutka and Lexi Hall had 14 kills apiece, Gracy Higman had 30 assists and eight blocks, and Amber Crigger and Nicole Herod had 23 digs apiece for Palisade (4-15, 2-7).

■ MacKenzie Schuller and Jordan Eatwell had 14 and 13 kills, respectively, to lead Fruita Monument to a 25-10, 25-14, 25-18 win over Central in Southwestern League play.

Savannah Ashmore led the Wildcats (14-3, 9-1 SWL) with 38 assists, and Joelle LeFevre topped the team with 21 digs. Lindsey Thomson added four aces and eight kills for Fruita.

Taylor Head led the Warriors (6-12, 2-8) with nine kills, and Rayleigh Norton had 17 assists.

■ Montrose got eight kills apiece from Marisa Jahnke and Brooke White en route to a 25-21, 25-11, 25-15 SWL victory over Grand Junction.

Shea Neill led the Indians (13-3, 6-2 SWL) with 21 digs and joined White with four aces. Lindsey Rummings topped Montrose with 25 assists.

“We had very few errors,” Montrose coach Shane Forrest said. “I think we had only seven hitting errors and hit .360 as a team. That was the highlight for us tonight.”

Courtney Gopinath paced the Tigers (8-9, 1-7) with 13 kills.

■ Meeker (11-6) defeated Grand Valley (7-11) 30-28, 25-14, 21-25, 25-20 in nonleague action.

■ Cedaredge did a tremendous job of blocking, but it wasn’t enough as Ridgway (15-3) beat the Bruins 25-19, 25-9, 25-18 in a nonleague match.

Rebecca Deal had seven kills and seven blocks, including two solo blocks for Cedaredge, and Kenzie Henderson led the Bruins (8-9) with eight blocks, including thee solos.

Boys soccer

Thomas DeBonville and Greg Spaulding scored two goals apiece as Summit defeated Rifle 6-0 in a Class 4A Western Slope League game.

Summit improved to 9-4-1. Rifle dropped to 1-13.

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