Volleyball: West Grand sweeps two games in weekend action
The West Grand Mustang volleyball team continues to contend for one of the top spots in the Western Slope League, winning a pair of games during the weekend.
Rangely is clearly in the league lead, but several teams have a chance to earn spots behind them.
In volleyball, regular league standings decide the seeding for the district tournament. With a league record of 4-3, the Lady Mustangs have one league match remaining, a contest with the Paonia Eagles on Saturday.
On Friday, Oct. 12, West Grand defeated the Meeker Cowboys in a Homecoming contest, 25-19, 25-23, 25-21.
Coach Laura Gore said the Mustangs had a good serving game against the Cowboys, hitting 96 percent of their serves.
Several West Grand players, including Jessica Elliott, Rose Hargadine, Danette Billington, Brook Cecil and Stephanie Stubbs, hit all of their serve attempts.
In addition to the strong serving, the Mustangs also had a good passing game.
Coach Gore said the team changed its defense and the players were able to get their hands on more hits from the other team.
In this game, Gore said, senior players Elliott, Jordan Davidson, Chelsea Lassaline and Stubbs all had strong passing games.
Better passing led to more setting and hitting opportunities for the Mustangs.
Davidson had 17 assists. Billington had nine kills with Brook Cecil adding another six kills. Gore said that both Billington and Cecil had strong hitting games over the weekend.
In addition, Gore said, the coaching staff worked with the team on getting more aggressive in the hitting game.
“We wanted the girls to hit hard,” she said, “and not worry about making mistakes.”
On Saturday afternoon, the Mustangs defeated Soroco, 25-20, 25-14, 25-18.
It was “Dig for a Cure” afternoon in Colorado high school volleyball, and the Mustangs helped raise money for breast cancer awareness and research. For every dig ” and West Grand had 91 of them ” the players received pledges or donations.
Billington again led the team in hitting with 10 kills, while Cecil had five kills. Davidson had 19 assists.
As a team, the Mustangs were 92 percent successful serving, with Rose Hargadine and Davidson hitting all their serves.
Billington and Hargadine had the strongest passing games for the Lady Mustangs.
Coach Gore said the Mustangs played well against Soroco and are well prepared to play North Park this Thursday in Walden and Paonia on Saturday.
Much depends on the result of the game on Saturday, Gore said, and the coaching staff will work hard to have the team prepared.
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