CLASS 1A VOLLEYBALL DAILY DIGEST – 9/14/22
BY: KERRY SHERMAN
With there being a serious lack of coverage for volleyball across the state, we’ve decided to jump in and provide daily looks at the key match-ups. This will include a quick discussion of the results from the previous night, as well as what is on the slate for that day. Today, we not only focus on the top matches on the Wednesday calendar, but also those of great impact from Monday and Tuesday.
On Monday, Front Range Baptist moved to 2-0 in the 5280 with a sweep of Denver Jewish Day. Libby Ciccone and Katie Jaques each registered 11 kills for the victorious Falcons, who enter today with a one-match lead over several teams in the win column. Jaques also served up six aces.
The lone 1A member of the mixed Foothills league, Loveland Classical remained tied atop that division with Golden View Classical Academy after taking a 3-0 win over Poudre Academy on Monday. With the win, the Lions snapped a three-match skid.
Tuesday saw Wiley and Springfield both pick up 3-0 victories to remain tied atop the Arkansas Valley standings. Wiley rolled South Baca to claim its seventh straight win, while the Longhorns blanked Walsh. The two league leaders meet in just over two weeks. They’re a combined 14-2 entering today.
In a clash of ranked teams, #9 McClave stunned #7 Kit Carson, 3-0, to become the sole leader in the High Plains. The Cards are one of only four remaining unbeaten teams in the classification at 5-0. Freshman Abrielle Gomez recorded 14 kills for McClave and McKayla Kiniston added 10. Kenzie Waggoner led Kit Carson with 16.
Top-ranked Merino swept Otis to remain unbeaten on the season. It was the second sweep victory over Otis for the Rams, who are part of a tie in the mixed LPAA. Wiggins also has a share. Wiggins beat Haxtun in three to keep its share.
In other key contests from Tuesday, Stratton opened Union Pacific play with a 3-0 win at Deer Trail and Nucla rolled Ridgway in a 3-0 sweep in San Juan Basin action. Arickaree, who began the week 14th, beat 2A Wray in four sets for their second win of the year over the Eagles, while Flatirons Academy, two spots behind their fellow Bison, also got a win over Denver Jewish Day in three sets.
Looking ahead to tonight’s action, only three matches show up on the calendar with a huge clash in the Fisher Peaks being the highlight. Fifth-ranked La Veta will look to stay perfect on the season when it visits Manzanola. The host Bobcats have only dropped one contest to date. Eva Anderson leads their balanced attack with 23 kills, one more than Emma Martinez, and two ahead of Libby Horn. Those numbers don’t include four sets.
The Redhawks, who won at least 21 matches a season from 2013 through 2019, are looking like a team that could reach those heights again this year. They have only lost five sets in their first seven matches. Kendyl Eddleman is averaging close to six kills per set, with 138 coming into this contest. That number has her second in the classification to Fleming’s Kally Kirkwood, who has 147 in seven more sets.