Fruita volleyball team’s sweep of 8th-ranked Montrose moves ‘Cats into first place in SWL

The Fruita Monument High School volleyball team took sole possession of first place in the Southwestern League with a three-game sweep of Montrose on the road Tuesday night.

The Wildcats (7-2, 2-0 SWL) defeated Montrose 25-16, 25-18, 25-20 with another solid defensive performance. The Indians, ranked eighth in the CHSAA Class 4A poll, dropped to 7-2, 1-1 SWL.

“We got a lot of digs, and they got frustrated,” Fruita coach Bob Richardson said.

Fruita senior captain Joelle LeFevre had 28 digs, Allie Hatch had 20 and Loryn Chiapuzio and Jordan Eatwell each had 16.

Chiapuzio led Fruita with 16 kills. Eatwell had nine kills, two aces and one block.

Glenwood Springs 3, Palisade 0: The Demons held off the Bulldogs 25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23 victory in a matchup between the top two Western Slope League contenders from a year ago.

“We spotted them five to 10 points in each game it seemed like,” Palisade coach Wendy MacAskill said. “We made three tremendous comebacks, but fell just short.”

Lexi Hall led the Bulldogs (3-7, 1-1 WSL) with seven kills. Ashlyn Brown had six kills, five blocks and 15 digs. Alyssa Chutka had five blocks and four aces. Moriah Rutterbush-Rayment led Palisade with 10 assists.

Glenwood Springs improved to 4-4, 1-1 WSL.

Paonia 3, Hotchkiss 0: Carson Pipher had 16 kills and nine digs to lead the Eagles (7-0) to a 25-13, 25-21, 25-13 victory.

Softball

Rachel Skillicorn and Britnei Shive each hit two home runs, and Sheridan Van Hoose cracked a home run as Fruita Monument pounded Montrose 18-7.

The Wildcats (6-1 SWL) collected 15 hits and pulled away with five runs in the sixth inning and seven runs in the seventh.

Lauren Reed was the winning pitcher, limiting the Indians to one run through the first five innings as the Wildcats took an 11-1 lead.

Delta 3, Rifle 2: Delta scored one run in the top of the sixth to edge the Bears.

Winning pitcher Lily Lockhart and Brianna Music each hit home runs for the Panthers.

Boys tennis

Matt Harris won a three-set match at No. 1 singles, allowing Fruita Monument to sweep the singles en route to a 6-1 win over Central.

Central’s lone win came from Camren Thomas and Jon Leonard at No. 1 doubles in the only other match to go three sets.

Grand Junction 7, Montrose 0: The Tigers won six matches by scores of 6-0, 6-0, and the seventh match was a default.

Boys soccer

Palisade took a 3-1 lead at the half, but Glenwood Springs came back for a 4-3 win.

Cameron Horning scored the winning goal with about 10 minutes left for Glenwood Springs.

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