CLASS 2A VOLLEYBALL DAILY DIGEST – 9/21/22
BY: KERRY SHERMAN
A crashed laptop caused us to miss several days of updates, but we’re back and ready to get caught up. With a relatively light night of action, we focus on those key contests dating back to last Friday.
Vail Christian swept Grand Valley on Friday, with Grace Engleby recording 11 kills in the Western Slope contest. The Saints made it eight straight wins when they earned a four-set win at Vail Mountain in their non-league match-up.
West Grand needed four sets on Friday to pick up its Western Slope win over De Beque. After a loss to Vail Mountain earlier in the week, that win wasn’t enough to keep the Mustangs in the top-ten this week. They will be in action tonight, visiting Lake County in a huge non-league clash. The teams have a combined record of 18-5. The Panthers have won three in a row, all by sweeps. They are eighth in the RPI as of this morning, while West Grand sits 13th.
Dayspring Christian continued its domination of Front Range Christian, sweeping the Falcons on Friday, sending them to a 15th consecutive loss in the series. Aliya McClanahan hammered 18 kills in the match, her seven contest with at least that many this season. She had 16 more in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Highland. The senior has recorded 57 kills in the last three matches.
Hayden snapped a two-match skid with a 3-0 win over 1A North Park in Western Slope action on Friday. The Tigers sit 17th in the RPI today.
Burlington made it three straight wins, and two in a row inside the Union Pacific with Friday’s 3-0 win over Byers. Senior setter Whitney Cure added 25 assists to her season total, pushing her to 189 in nine matches. The Cougars opened the season with five-set losses to 1A Kit Carson and Sedgwick County, the top-ranked team in 2A. Their other losses are to 1A Arickaree and Goodland, one of the top 3A teams in Kansas.
Saturday saw a large number of top teams in action, with Sedgwick County earning a 3-0 win over 3A Liberty Common. The defending champs got six blocks from Keyana Ehnes, five from Chloe Thode, and four apiece from Jensen Renquist and Abigail Dille.
Wiggins suffered its first loss of the year in a sweep by 3A Platte Valley. The Tigers got 13 kills in the loss from Tyleigh Fehseke. She added a dozen more in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over 1A Akron in LPAA play. Wiggins visits Sedgwick County tomorrow night.
Meeker dominated Soroco in Western Slope action, with Emma Luce crushing 19 kills. That pushed her season tally to 272, nearly 100 more than the second best total in the classification, and 66 more than any other player in the entire state, regardless of classification.
Rye improved to 6-0 in the Santa Fe with a 3-0 win over Holly, its sixth straight win over the Wildcats. The Thunderbolts served up 23 aces, seven by Jordan Holgerson, who also led the way with a game-high 10 kills.
Sanford picked up a big Southern Peaks win, crashing the party at Crested Butte in three sets. Riley Willett recorded four solo blocks while only playing in two sets. The sophomore has six solo blocks in just 12 sets this season. The Mustangs added another 3-0 win in league play on Tuesday, beating Center at home.
Rangely earned it fourth straight win, three of them in league play, with a 3-1 victory at Caprock Academy. The Panthers dropped the opening set, but then allowed 17, 12, and 16 points in the final three sets. Four players had five or more kills, led by Annika Cantrell with six. Emmeree Wagner, who had five, also had a team-high six blocks.
Del Norte stepped out of league play and picked up a four-set win at Custer County. Abigail Rivera cranked out 16 kills, while Kailee Gallegos recorded 25 assists, five kills, and five aces. That was the seventh straight win for the Tigers, who began today 15th in the RPI.
Mancos has dropped two straight after falling to 1A Nucla in five (16-14 fifth) on Saturday and in four to 1A Dove Creek last night. The Bluejays are still sitting 12th in the RPI and began the week ranked 10th in the coaches poll.
Fowler remained unbeaten on the season with a straight set win at Las Animas. The fourth-ranked Grizzlies are fifth in the most recent RPI release, one spot in front of league rival Rye. They meet in Fowler on Friday, with the return trip to Rye in three weeks.
Hoehne was able to maintain its third place standing inside the Santa Fe with last night’s four-set win at Rocky Ford. The Lady Farmers give the league three of the top-ten in today’s RPI.
Aside from the aforementioned contest between West Grand and Lake County, tonight’s biggest match has Gilpin County hosting 3A SkyView Academy in non-league play. Gilpin County has won two straight and three of its last four, coming on the heels of a three-match skid.