CLASS 2A 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.
Golden View Classical Academy used a 3-0 win over Twin Peaks Charter on Monday to maintain its share of the lead in the Foothills league with 1A’s Loveland Classical. The victory was the third straight for the Sentinels, who evened their record after dropping their first three matches of the season. Only the two league leaders have earned wins inside the division.
Tuesday’s schedule saw many more key contests, beginning in the LPAA. Second-ranked Wiggins stayed in a tie atop the standings with a tough three-set win over 1A Haxtun at home. The Tigers won the third set 27-25. Defending 1A champ, Merino, is also unbeaten in league play. Defending 2A champion, Sedgwick County, has yet to play a league match.
Dropping into the Santa Fe, #6 Fowler bounced back from a 23-25 loss to Hoehne in the first set to beat the Farmers in four and remain unbeaten overall. The win helped them keep pace with #4 Rye, who swept Crowley County on Tuesday. Rye got a dozen kills from Kendall Himmelberg in that win. Rye visits Fowler next Friday and they will host the Grizzlies on Oct. 13th.
Las Animas stayed within striking distance of the leaders in the Santa Fe with its 3-0 win at Swallows Charter. The Trojans are 4-2 in league play, one game back of third place Rocky Ford, who beat John Mall 3-0.
Mancos got a season-high 20 kills from Teya Yeomans in a sweep victory over Montezuma-Cortez. The junior has 130 kills on the season and has had at least 14 in every match for the Bluejays.
In other top contests, #1 Sedgwick County outlasted Chase County (NE) in five sets, winning the final two to close out the victory. Fifth-ranked Strasburg rolled past Northridge in straight sets. St. Mary’s, ranked #7, needed four sets to defeat Manitou Springs, with Hannah Struder racking up 19 kills. Buena Vista lost to Monte Vista in four after winning the first set.
One of the four teams in the Western Slope with an unblemished league mark will be in action tonight, as #10 West Grand visits Vail Mountain. The Mustangs join #3 Meeker, #9 Vail Christian, and Rangely atop the league standings.