The Palisade High School volleyball team remained perfect in Class 4A Western Slope League play, but it wasn't easy.
The Bulldogs (7-4, 5-0 WSL) defeated Summit 25-18, 25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 15-12 on Saturday.
"Summit made some adjustments to our offense," coach Wendy MacAskill said of the Tigers in the third and fourth sets. "They have a really scrappy defense. Our hitters struggled to find the floor."
With the match tied heading into the deciding set, Palisade rediscovered their confidence and aggressiveness to pull out the win.
Kendyl MacAskill led Palisade with 16 kills and added two solo blocks and six block assists. Cassie Miller had 20 assists, Magdalena Latek led the defensive effort with 23 digs and Cadence Neste added 13, and Caylee Chutka had three aces.
"It's always good to come home with a win on the road," Wendy MacAskill said.
Durango def. Central 25-10, 25-13, 25-19: Chloe Nordstrom had 10 assists and six digs, Keylee Reynolds, Veronica Altop and Ari Miklos each had three kills for the Warriors (3-8, 0-3 Southwestern League). Sylvia Gonzales led the way with 14 digs and Alex Wagner added seven.
Ryan McCloskey is used to making saves as Fruita Monument's goalkeeper.
Against Durango at Canyon View Park, McCloskey got to celebrate for scoring a goal in the Wildcats' 3-2 overtime victory.
Not only did McCloskey find the back of the net, his goal was the game winner. Playing in the field, the senior received a pass from Christian Torchia and took advantage of a one-on-one matchup with the Demons' goalkeeper. Torchia and Kyler McKeachnie also scored goals, and McCloskey and Harrison Matlock had assists. The Wildcats are 6-3 (2-1 SWL).
Rifle 4, Palisade 1: Josh Meyers scored in his fifth consecutive game, but the Bears (3-3, 3-2 WSL) scored three goals in the first six minutes of the game. The Bulldogs are 2-5-1 (0-5-1 WSL).
Central 6, Mitchell 5 (OT): After trailing 3-1 at halftime, the Warriors (2-7) staged a second-half rally before Alex Garcia scored the winner in overtime at Canyon View Park. Garcia scored five of Central's six goals and assisted on the other to Alfonso Banuelas III.