Kremmling " West Grand spikers sweep three matches, move to 12-3 on season
Sky-Hi Daily News
The Lady Mustangs of West Grand High School swept three volleyball contests last week with wins against North Park, Soroco and DeBeque.
All the matches were won in three games, with the wins against North Park and DeBeque coming on the road. The victories gave West Grand an overall record of 12-3 and a 3-2 mark in league action.
Brook Cecil led the team in kills against the North Park Wildcats. Coach Laura Gore said she was happy to get a win in Walden. She added that the passing game wasn’t as sharp as she wanted to see and the coaching staff was looking for improvement against Soroco and DeBeque.
In the next two matches, that improvement was evident, Gore said, as the Mustangs completely dominated Soroco, 25-19, 25-10, 25-20, and DeBeque, 25-13, 25-12, 25-21. During the course of those two matches, coach Gore was able to get all of the players on her bench into the contest. She noted that Leah Roderick and Katie Keck played very well and contributed to the victories.
Roderick is a defensive specialist while Keck has a versatile game and has provided a strong presence from the serving line.
In the home game with Soroco, the match was never really in doubt as the Mustangs worked to a 14-9 lead on a strong serve by Keck. The whole team got in on the action with kills registered by Melissa Kraker, Rose Hargadine, Brook Cecil, Renea Ellison and Danette Billington. Assists were provided by Ellison and Alyse Billington.
The Mustangs finished out the first game victory with Keck serving for the final two points and Danette Billington blocking a Soroco kill attempt to register the final point.
If the first game was a solid victory, the second was complete domination. Hargadine got the team rolling with two straight blocks. On the second block, one of Soroco’s stronger players sprained her ankle and was finished for the evening.
The injury seemed to disorient Soroco and the visiting Rams made several errors, including four in a row at one point to push the margin to 18-8. During that stretch, the Mustangs scored eight consecutive points with Alyse Billington providing solid hits from the service line. A key point was scored when Kraker and Danette Billington combined for a “no-doubt” block on Soroco’s strongest hitter to move the score to 19-8.
West Grand took advantage of nearly every opportunity and Hargadine, Danette Billington and Cecil all registered kills.
Soroco adjusted to the loss of one of its key players and made a contest of the final game, but the Mustangs were able to hold on for the 25-21 game win and match victory. Coach Gore said that Ellison had perhaps her best hitting night and finished the night as the leader in kills.
The game against DeBeque was also never really in doubt, Gore noted, and that was the match where she was able to empty the bench and see all of the players on the court. It is nice when that happens, she said, and it helps to reward those players who work extremely hard in practice every day but don’t always see a lot of court action during games.
The Mustangs will play a road game against Paonia tonight, and the team finishes the season next week with home games against Rangely on Friday and Vail Mountain on Saturday. The Saturday contest will be the final home game for the senior players.
The district seedings will then be established and the Mustangs will start to prepare for the district tournament the following week.
Coach Gore said the team is playing very well and will be working on making improvements so it peaks at the appropriate time.
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