Delta cruises past Central in volleyball
The Delta High School volleyball team relaxed Thursday night, and it resulted in a 3-0 win over Central High School, 25-20, 25-16, 25-17 on Central’s home court.
“I thought we played relaxed and really well,” Delta coach Renee St. Jean said. “We lost to Olathe on Tuesday and played tense and nervous. Today we just had a good time and did what we knew we could do.”
Delta improved to 2-1 and ended a two-match winning streak for the Warriors, who fell to 2-4.
“The bottom line is that Delta out-hustled us tonight,” Central head coach Beth Nelson said. “Delta is a good team. They’ve played together for a while. We know we have a lot of things we need to work on. We have the talent, but it just hasn’t come together yet.”
Strong serving and relaxed hitting paced the Panthers to the win. Sadie Carrillo led all players with three aces and Taylor Zunich recorded a match-high nine kills. Delta junior Natalie Larkin led all players with 32 digs.
Sophomore setter Rayleigh Norton had 14 assists and three blocks for Central. Carrillo had 12 assists to lead the Panthers.
Central took an 8-2 lead early in the first set, but Delta got a sideout and a point, then responded with eight straight points from Zunich to take the lead at 11-8. Carrillo’s serving extended the Panthers’ lead to 20-14 before Zunich served the winning point.
The second set was tighter until Carrillo’s serving again put the game out of reach. The senior posted six points to give Delta an 18-10 lead. The Panthers maintained the eight-point lead at 24-16, but an error kept Central alive. However, Delta senior Katie Kahrs delivered the winning kill to seal the second set.
Delta carried the momentum into the third set, taking an early 6-1 lead and then extending its advantage to 20-12.
Whitney Schaneman picked up three points for Central, cutting the Panther lead to five at 20-15, but Delta won the next three points and the match on a kill by Zunich.
Fruita Monument 3, Eagle Valley 0: With a half-dozen sophomores getting plenty of playing time, Fruita Monument handled Eagle Valley 25-21, 25-23, 25-21.
Eiley Durham had nine kills for the Wildcats, Jordan Eatwell added eight and Joelle LeFevre seven.
LeFevre had 17 digs and Michelle Midgley 14.
Grand Junction 3, Moffat County 2: The Tigers won every other game to claim a thrilling 25-22, 18-25, 25-16, 22-25, 16-14 victory in Craig.
Kricket Adleman recorded 15 kills, Katie Walker had 10 and Jacie Jay had 49 digs.
Central scored six runs in the top of the first inning and rolled to an 11-1 win over Columbine.
Amber Walters threw a three-hitter and was one of three Warriors to double, along with Taylor Hice and Kiana Garcia.
Central scored one run in each of the second through sixth innings.
Legend 4, Fruita Monument 3: The Wildcats rallied down 4-1, scoring twice in the top of the sixth inning, but couldn’t push any more runs across.
Kendra Williams led off the first inning with a triple and scored on a Rayel Padgett’s double. Mallory Paulson allowed only six hits but took the loss.
Grand Junction tuned up for this weekend’s Western Slope Invitational with a 4-3 victory over Air Academy.
Spencer Weinberg defeated Kollen Kaltenbacher 6-0, 6-3 at No. 1 singles and Luke Ledebur followed with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 over Stuart White.
The Tigers also got wins at No. 1 doubles and No. 3 doubles, where Gabriel Campos and Jeff Hansen won a pair of tiebreakers, 7-6, 7-6, to clinch the team victory.
Garrett Fante won a playoff to lead the Grand Junction to the team title in the Steamboat Springs Invitational at Haymaker Golf Course.
The Tigers, Fruita Monument and Montrose tied for first with 231. Delta was sixth at 244, Central was seventh at 245, Cedaredge was 10th at 282 and Meeker was 11th at 305.
Eagle Valley’s Tanner Coulter took medalist honors with a 74.
Central’s Preston Grandbouche won a playoff to take second with a 75. He tied Fante, Montrose’s Josh Derosia and Battle Mountain’s Brady McDonald.
Hunter Emerson led Fruita Monument with a 76.
Battle Mountain scored four first-half goals in a 6-0 victory over Palisade.