Wells adds to her record digs total in Fruita’s win
Kenzie Wells doesn’t think of the record she set during her volleyball career at Fruita Monument High School as a big accomplishment.
She simply sees it as doing her job.
“I know as long as I do my job and they do their job, everything will work out how we want it to,” said Wells, the Wildcats’ senior libero who added to her state-record total in digs Tuesday night. “My team’s great and does a great job. I feel very comfortable with what we have.”
The ninth-ranked Wildcats (11-1, 2-0 Southwestern League) had just about everything going their way in a 25-13, 25-14, 25-9 victory over Grand Junction (4-8, 1-2).
Fruita opened commanding leads in each set, including a 21-5 cushion in the second thanks to its net players.
“One of the things that’s hard to develop is blocking, and this year we have good blockers,” Fruita coach Bob Richardson said. “But in the past couple of years, we’ve had to rely on digging. This year (Wells is) down a little bit for her digs, but that’s because of what’s in front of her. Still, she has been the heart and soul of the defense all of these years.”
Wells finished with 18 digs to give her 1,906 for her career, leaving her with a legitimate chance to become the first player in Colorado history to surpass 2,000 digs in a high school career. She broke the record set by Megan Chintala of Class 1A Fleming, who compiled 1,807 digs from 2011-14, according to the Colorado High School Activities Association’s volleyball record book.
Wells didn’t know much about the record until someone from CHSAA called her and broke the news.
“I was unaware until my coach texted me to tell me (the CHSAA representative would) be calling,” Wells said. “My coach didn’t tell me why he was calling. He just said it was for an interview. It’s kind of a surprise, honestly, but it’s good to know.”
Senior outside hitter Dana Thomson had 17 kills — her third 17-kill match of the season — and fellow senior Riley Snyder added eight for Fruita, which had another banner day serving the ball. Truth Hafey had four aces and Snyder and Maddy Mueller each added three of Fruita’s 12 aces, which wasn’t far off the season-best 16 the Wildcats had in its league opener against Central last week.
Breck Smith had a team-high five kills and Lexi Wright added a pair of digs for Grand Junction.
“Volleyball is all about ball control, which means you have to be able to serve and pass,” Richardson said. “We’re a pretty tough serving team and, when our serve is on, we can be a really tough team to play against.”
Montrose 3, Central 0: Montrose survived a tight first set before cruising to the win.
Central (2-9, 1-2 SWL) was looking for a second consecutive victory and took a 27-26 lead in the first set but a kill attempt went just long. Montrose then scored the next three points to take the set.
The Indians ( 5-6, 1-1) won the match 29-27, 25-18, 25-9.
With Madison Schneider serving, the Indians took a 17-0 lead in the final set.