Warriors top Cortez

There was one thing the Central High School volleyball team was sure of Friday.

The Warriors did not want to go to a fifth game with Montezuma-Cortez.

That prompted Central to take care of business in the fourth game in a 25-14, 25-23,  24-26, 25-17 victory.

“We made some mental errors,” Warriors coach Beth Nelson said of letting a 16-7 lead in the third game slip away. “We needed to regroup.”

Leading 18-14, Central got three kills from Ashley Wells and two from Amy Kame to put the match away.

The Warriors (9-1, 4-0 Southwestern League) got their usual strong production at the net from Kame (a game-high 22 kills) and Wells (19 kills, four blocks).

It was also another fine effort from Haleigh Higgins.

Injuries forced Higgins to move from her outside hitter position to setter at last year’s district tournament.

“I had a coach say, ‘Take your best athlete and have them set,’ ” Nelson said.

During the summer, Nelson asked Higgins to make the move permanent.

“She’s kind of taken one for the team as a setter,” Nelson said. “I think she’d rather play outside.”

Adding Higgins to the front row as a setter gives Nelson the luxury of having three strong hitters on the front row. Higgins relishes the rare opportunity to get a kill or block at the net.

“She’s an incredible athlete,” Nelson said of the three-sport player.

VOLLEYBALL

Palisade grabbed a key Western Slope League road victory by defeating Moffat County 25-23, 25-22, 25-23.

Audrey Steinkirchner had 21 kills and four blocks to pace the offensive attack for Palisade (8-2, 5-0 WSL).

The Bulldogs play at Steamboat Springs today for the lead in the Western Slope League.

In Colorado Springs, Grand Junction halted a five-match losing streak by defeating Palmer 20-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-20 in nonleague action.

Jordan Doughty’s 17 kills and three blocks paced the attack. The Tigers (6-7) got a good defensive effort from Capri Rino, who had 28 digs. Kricket Adleman and Jamie Derrieux each had 13.

Grand Junction closes out its three-game nonleague road trip today at Coronado.

SOCCER

Grand Junction bounced back from its 3-2 loss to Montrose on Tuesday by defeating Montezuma-Cortez 2-0 in Cortez.

Tim Hofer and Brendan Ryan scored second-half goals for the Tigers.

Grand Junction completes its Four Corners road trip today in Durango.

TENNIS

Grand Junction remained unbeaten in duals with a 7-0 home shutout of Durango.

The Tigers (8-0, 4-0 SWL) won all seven matches in straight sets. Grand Junction’s three singles players gave up a combined eight games.

The Tigers’ No. 1 doubles team of Charlie Reicks and Sam Morgan won its match 6-0, 6-0.

Central defeated Montezuma-Cortez 6-1, winning all but the No. 1 singles match.

The Warriors’ six victories all came in straight sets.


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