Fruita volleyball team tops Central for sixth straight win

Fruita Monument's Aaliyah Sanders, 2, and Kenda Abbott block a shot from Central's Ari Miklos on Tuesday night in the Wildcats' 25-20, 23-25, 25-14, 25-14 victory. Miklos had five kills for the Warriors in the loss.

Fruita Monument High School outside hitter Rachel Coffey usually makes her mark on a match with her kills.

Tuesday night, the senior did it with her serving. Coffey had six aces among her 24 serves in the Wildcats' 25-20, 23-25, 25-14, 25-14 victory over Central.

"We really needed someone to step up in serving," said Fruita Monument coach Kim Johansen.

Coffey did her part with her hitting as well, recording 14 kills and added 10 digs for the Wildcats (8-5, 4-1 Southwestern League), who won their sixth straight match.

Sophomore Brady Thomason gave Fruita another strong hitter in the victory, recording six kills. Senior Sarah Mahoney had 23 assists and freshman Trinity Hafey added 13 kills.

Central coach Brittany Adams was pleased with how her young team played in the loss.

"We started three freshmen and two sophomores and tonight was the first night they played well," Adams said.

One of the sophomores, Sasha Rascon, had a match-high eight kills for the Warriors (3-11, 0-5 SWL). Sophomore Ari Miklos and junior Veronica Altop each added five kills and freshman Keylee Reynolds had three. Senior Chloe Nordstrom had 25 assists and six digs and junior Sylvia Gonzalez led Central with 18 digs.

In other Southwestern League action, Montrose defeated Grand Junction 25-15, 25-20, 25-11.


Central defeated Grand Junction in two games at Bergman Field, 13-1 and 15-2.

In the first game, which was suspended by lightning Sept. 10 with the Warriors leading 6-0, Mya Murdock led the way, going 3 for 4 with two RBI, one double and two stolen bases.

Shaelyn Grand was 2 for 3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored, Mikayla Sturns finished 2 for 4 with three RBI and two runs, and Kennedy Vis was 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI. Vis also got the win, allowing one run on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

In the second game, Central (20-2, 7-0 SWL) scored four runs in the first, nine in the second and two in the third to end the game in four.

Myah Arrieta was the big hitter for the Warriors, going 3 for 4 with a double, a home run and four RBI. Makayla Sturns hit two home runs and had three RBI.

Ten of the Warriors' 12 hits were for extra bases, including seven triples.

Sturns got the win, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in four innings.

Grand Junction fell to 3-19 and 0-7 in the Southwestern League with the losses.

Fruita Monument 14, Montrose 0: Victoria Smith and Shay Cutshall each hit home runs and Morgan Veek had three RBI to lead the Wildcats (13-7, 6-1 SWL) to their third straight win.

Jayme Shihady got the win, allowing only four hits and striking out four in five innings.

Basalt 18, Palisade 9: Melissa Carroll, Mya Balerio and Jordan Bauer each had three hits and two RBI in the loss.

Trinity Hughes also had three hits in the loss for the Bulldogs (11-10).

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