Central stays in control to sweep Grand Junction
The term composure gets throw around a lot in volleyball, but it is for good reason.
Tuesday, both the Central and Grand Junction high school teams played with poise during the match.
The Warriors had a little more, winning 25-14, 25-20, 25-23 over their crosstown rivals.
“It was a good match, we started really strong,” Central coach Beth Nelson said. “I got worried in game three, but the girls did a good job.”
Central cruised in the first game, quickly taking a 12-6 lead propelled by kills from Meg Fisher and Ashley Wells.
Grand Junction had trouble finding its offensive rhythm in the first game, but regained its composure for the second game. The Tigers got down early but fought back to tie the game at 16-16. They stayed close but allowed a five-point run to end the game.
“(Grand Junction) was playing with a spark,” Nelson said. “It was a good match, and I was glad Junction didn’t give up because it was fun volleyball to watch.”
Grand Junction’s offense started to click in the third game. The Tigers jumped to their first lead of the match behind some strong play from senior outside hitter Brittany Richardson. The Tigers’ biggest offensive threat had two early kills to get Grand Junction rolling in the game and finished with 15 kills in the match.
“Brittany had some good hits,” Grand Junction coach Lynnette Robinson said. “There are some things that we worked on in practice that they are doing.”
Junction stretched its lead to 16-13 before Central’s Haleigh Higgins showed a little composure of her own. Higgins had two straight kills to cut the Junction lead to one.
“Whenever you are down, it is important to stay composed and just put the ball away,” Higgins said. “We let down in the third, but we were pumped for this matched and played like it.”
Central eventually took the lead with some help from some unforced errors by Grand Junction. The Tigers had two service errors down the stretch that ended up being critical mistakes.
“The match went well, but there are some bugs we have to get out,” Robinson said. “The only reason they were close in that (third) game was because us not being able to get our serves in. It makes it tough to win.”
The Tigers had some strong individual performances with Richardson adding seven digs to her 15 kills, Lisa Hughes adding four kills and two blocks and Morgan Jueschke and Kelsey Kiel combining for 27 assists.
Central received another solid performance from Amy Kame who had 12 kills, 11 digs and three blocks. Fisher and Wells combined for 10 kills and 13 digs and Alyce Albright and Nikki Keeling had a combined 27 assists.
The Warriors next face Battle Mountain on Tuesday as the Tigers take on Durango on Friday.