October is breast cancer awareness month and the Palisade High School volleyball team showed their support Tuesday night with their annual pink-out.
The Bulldogs, who defeated Delta 25-21, 29-27, 25-16, hope to add to the more than $15,000 they have donated to local hospitals for breast cancer awareness in the past 10 years. Palisade coach Wendy MacAskill said the goal is to raise $1,900 this year.
The Bulldogs started off the first set with kills by Caylee Chutka, Ella Yanowich, and Alesia Yanowich. Delta quickly retaliated with three kills by Erika Kuta. Palisade's Cassie Miller's ace on her first serve of the night gave the Bulldogs some momentum. Three kills by junior Kendyl MacAskill and blocks by Alesia Yanowich and Morgan Sellden finished off the first set for Palisade.
Delta started the second set strong, with a kill by Raelee McCurdy, but the Bulldogs rallied. A kill from Kendyl MacAskill, two from Alesia Yanowich, and an ace by junior Cadence Neste started the run. Kills by Kendyl MacAskill, who finished with 11 in the win, and Alesia Yanowich, who had seven in the victory, finished off the set for Palisade.
"A lot of us have played together for about five years now and that's really created a strong bond between all of us, we have a lot of trust in each other and that is so important to make a team good," Alesia Yanowich said.
Palisade's teamwork showed in their third set when the Bulldogs never let the Panthers get closer than five points. Strong serving, two aces by Addie Steele and one by Kendyl Mac-Askill, and good frontline play by Chutka, three kills in the third set, completed the sweep for the Bulldogs. In addition to her 11 kills, Kendyl MacAskill had 16 assists and Miller added 11. Chutka and Magdalena Latek each had 13 digs for Palisade.
"One of our strengths this year is that it can be any one of our players at any given night, it's hard to key in anyone," Wendy MacAskill said.. "We did a pretty good job executing our game plan tonight. We didn't know what weapons Delta had and so we had to come out and play our game."
Fruita Monument def. Grand Junction 25-10, 25-11, 25-19: Rachel Coffey had 15 kills, seven digs and three aces to lead the Wildcats to their fifth straight win.
Trinity Hafey added 12 digs and Sarah Mahoney had 26 assists and three aces for Fruita (7-5, 3-1 Southwestern league).
Montrose (10-3, 3-1 SWL) defeated Central 25-12, 25-17, 25-7 to hand the Warriors (3-9, 0-4 SWL) their fifth straight loss.
Palisade scored eight runs in the fourth and sixth innings to defeat Gunnison 19-8.
Melissa Carroll and Taylor Mosby both had three hits and four RBI and Nivia Rivera added three hits and three RBI for the Bulldogs (10-8).
Montrose (6-5, 3-1 SWL) scored two first half goals to get past Fruita Monument 2-1. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Wildcats (6-4, 2-2 SWL).
Fruita Monument won all four doubles matches to defeat Grand Junction 6-1 at Canyon View Park.
No. 3 singles player Trigg Hayward had the most impressive victory, defeating Matthew Silzell 6-0, 6-0.