Palisade gets knocked out of Class 4A volleyball playoffs

Palisade’s Jenny Thibodeau had three aces Saturday in the Bulldogs’ opening loss to Skyline.

The Palisade High School volleyball team fell just short.

The Bulldogs lost two of their three matches at Saturday’s Region C tournament at Skyline High School and were eliminated from the Class 4A playoffs.

“The level of play was higher but we were able to hang in there and compete,” Palisade coach Wendy MacAskill said. “At that level it wasn’t easy for anyone.”

The Bulldogs opened the day with a 25-21, 25-23, 25-17 loss to host Skyline.

Audrey Steinkirchner had 12 kills and seven digs. Shannon Rhodes added 22 assists and Jenny Thibodeau had three aces.

“We had our chances against Skyline,” MacAskill said. “Taking one of the first two close games would have given us a better chance.”

The Bulldogs were eliminated from a state tournament berth in their next match, losing 25-13, 25-14, 25-20 to Western Slope League foe Eagle Valley.

Mecia Dearth had five kills in the match and Danette Whittington added two aces.

“Eagle Valley won the regional,” MacAskill said. “They are a solid team.”

The Bulldogs ended the day on a high note by defeating Pueblo West 25-12, 26-24, 25-23 in their final match.

Steinkirchner had 15 kills, 15 digs and five blocks. Rhodes finished with 24 assists and Thibodeau had nine digs.

“We were evenly matched,” MacAskill said. “We were excited to able to end the year with a win.”

Palisade returned to the regional round after a four-year hiatus. MacAskill said it was good experience for a team with only four seniors.

“We had goals to get to the regionals,” MacAskill said. “This is a big step for the program to not only get to regionals, but to take a match.”

Palisade finished the season 16-10.

“Everyone had their moments,” MacAskill said. “We stayed true to who we are.”


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