Volleyball match beteween Central and Montrose proves to be a battle.
The Montrose and Central high school volleyball teams expected their match Tuesday night to be a battle.
Both teams were right.
The Indians and Tigers battled back and forth for five games with Central coming out on top at its home gym 3-2, winning 18-25, 25-12, 25-23, 22-25, 15-11.
“I knew Montrose was going to be a tough team,” Central coach Beth Nelson said. “Both Shane (Forrest, Montrose’s coach) and I knew it would come down to the wire.”
Montrose, which was one of the final eight tams in last season’s Class 4A state tournament, came out strong, winning the first game. The Warriors made a little run at the end of the game but were down by as many as 11 points in the game.
Central struggled to get into its offensive rhythm, as the Indians dominated the net with hitters Darby Jones, Kelsie Dardis and Erin Reardon in the first game.
The Warriors responded in the second game, then outlasted Montrose in the third game.
“We didn’t start well but we were able to pull it back together,” Nelson said.
Montrose regained some of its aggressive play from the first game and won the fourth game, setting up the fifth game tie-breaker.
“In the fifth game, serves are huge,” Nelson said. “Fifteen (points) comes really fast so you have to take care of errors, play ball and stay relaxed.”
Central junior captain Haleigh Higgins came up big in the fifth game, scoring five points. Higgins led the team with five aces and 18 digs and added nine kills. Meg Fisher had a good all-around game for Central, finishing with 15 digs, six kills and three blocks. Amy Kame was the Warriors’ kill leader with 12 and setter Alyce Albright had 21 assists.
“Tonight there was no standout. Everyone got their jobs done,” Nelson said. “It was just a really good team effort.”
Jones and Dardis led Montrose with 12 kills apiece and Courtney Geesing and Reardon both added nine.
“Coming into Central, it’s a roller coaster so we always expect a tough match,” Forrest said. “It was the little things. We were not in position and just weren’t able to turn the ballgame.”
Central (7-0) has one week until its next game, when it hosts Grand Junction.
“I am very pleased with the girls and they are coming along well,” Nelson said.