Steinkirchner’s solid play lifts Bulldogs past Wildcats
Audrey Steinkirchner’s 13 kills led Palisade to a sweep of Fruita Monument Tuesday night in a nonleague volleyball match at Fruita.
The Bulldogs’ 6-foot-2 senior middle blocker also had nine digs in the 25-16, 25-19, 25-21 victory. Mecia Dearth had nine kills, Jenny Thiobdeau eight digs and four aces and Shannon Rhodes added three aces.
Central 3, Battle Mountain 1: Kimber Baker had 11 kills for the Warriors in a 25-13, 15-25, 25-21, 25-11 win at Battle Mountain.
Demi Ruder had 26 digs and Whitney Schaneman 10, and Rayleigh Norton 20 assists for Central.
“We are improving every day,” said Central coach Beth Nelson, who was particularly happy with her defense. “That’s the best (defense) we’ve played.”
Central picked up its first dual meet victory of the season with a 7-0 win over Hotchkiss. Jesi Nordstrom defeated Ryan Pachl 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles to get the Warriors started.
Drake Giese and Jacob Bollinger followed suit, with Giese winning his No. 2 match against Chris Lamberg 6-1, 6-2 and Bollinger winning at No. 3 against Cody Bartlett 6-1, 6-1.
Central’s doubles teams all won in straight sets to open a busy week — the Warriors play Aspen on Thursday and have the Western Slope Invitational Friday and Saturday.
Grand Junction scored one goal early, but Glenwood Springs came back to tie it 1-1 and the game ended in the overtime tie at Canyon View Park. The Tigers fell to 0-3.