Palisade thwarts rallies by Huskies
Sometimes, all it takes to win is a good streak.
Saturday, the Palisade High School volleyball team got the rallies it needed, sweeping Battle Mountain in three games, 25-15, 25-13, 25-16.
“We’re working on being aggressive and eliminating errors and any time you do that, you’re going to be successful,” Palisade coach Wendy MacAskill said.
In the first game, Battle Mountain narrowed the Palisade lead to only three points. Palisade responded with seven straight points to give itself a double-digit lead and pulled away to win.
The second game was more of the same, with the Huskies able to pull within two points at 12-10.
The Bulldogs held Battle Mountain to only three more points the rest of the game and finished it with a streak of seven points.
A five-point run by Battle Mountain in the third game got the Huskies within two points, 17-15, but again, the Bulldogs regained the momentum.
Palisade’s final game was marked by strong front-row play by Audrey Steinkirchner and Chelsea Wells, who combined for 20 kills in the match.
“We have more than one person who is able to put the ball away and cause problems for other teams, and today we had good distribution among our hitters,” MacAskill said
Steinkirchner also had eight blocks, three of which were solo blocks.
The last time the teams played, it took five games for the Bulldogs to put Battle Mountain away.
“It really came down to errors,” Battle Mountain coach Lara Bossow said. “It would have been more even had we played our normal game and played consistently.”
Palisade also played Saturday night against Eagle Valley, losing in three straight sets 25-20, 25-22, 25-23.
Reynolds recorded 14 kills against the Devils. Steinkirchner was limited to one solo block and one assisted block.
Central put itself back at the top of the Southwestern League standings with a doubleheader sweep at Montezuma-Cortez.
The Warriors won the first game 24-3, scoring 10 runs in the first inning. Tayler Else and Mikayla Duffy both hit triples in the win, and Alexis Walters allowed three runs on seven hits.
Central won the second game 17-7 with the help of a 12-run fourth inning. Brittany Hoppe hit a double and a triple for the Warriors (18-1, 9-1 SWL).
In Durango, Grand Junction swept a pair of games from the Demons, winning 11-1 and 11-0. Cierra Cosslett and Arrianna Diaz each tossed complete-game victories for the Tigers (14-5, 6-4 SWL).
Sami Cannetti had doubles in both games as Grand Junction pounded out nine extra-base hits.
The games completed the regular season for both Central and Grand Junction.
Fruita Monument finished second in the boys race and third in the girls race at the Chris Severy Invitational race in Aspen.
Woody Seagren paced the Fruita Monument boys, finishing in 18 minutes, 51 seconds. He finished just more than a minute ahead of teammate James Mauch. Durango won the boys race with 53 points, edging the Wildcats by one point.
Rogan Brown had a solid run for the Palisade boys with a time of 18:36.
Durango also won the girls meet with 41 points, eight points ahead of Moffat County. Fruita Monument scored 75 points.
Olivia Daniels’ time of 24:10 paced the Wildcat girls.
Olevia Shafer had the fastest time for the Palisade girls in 26:23.
Fruita Monument lost 3-0 to Fountain-Fort Carson. Wildcats goalie Trevor Allen blocked four shots but allowed three goals in the first half before being replaced by Andrew Lucas, who had five saves.
The Wildcats (1-9) play Grand Junction on Tuesday at Walker Field.
In Steamboat Springs, the Sailors shut out Palisade 7-0.
The Bulldogs (2-10-1, 1-8-1) hung close, trailing 2-0 at halftime, before the Sailors scored five second-half goals.
Rosalia Ornelas stopped 25 shots for Palisade.