CLASS 1A VOLLEYBALL DAILY DIGEST – 9/23/22
BY: KERRY SHERMAN
Last night’s biggest match-up did not disappoint, with Briggsdale and Fleming putting on a show. Second-ranked Fleming pulled out an exciting four-set win over the rival Falcons, with Kally Kirkwood unofficially hammering 25 kills. Briggsdale’s Jenna Krise unofficially had 21.
The Wildcats are right back in action tonight, as they visit a red-hot Haxtun squad. The Fightin’ Bulldogs have won three straight to even their record at 7-7. That comes on the heels of a five-match losing streak. Five of their seven losses on the season have been to teams that are ranked. While Bobbi Starkebaum leads the attack with 120 kills, Cassidy Goddard only needs four to join her in triple digits.
Top-ranked Merino took care of Weldon Valley in three sets, with the middle one going 26-24. The Rams have still only lost one set on the season after completing their ninth consecutive sweep.
Idalia had few troubles with 2A Wray, winning the first set 25-21 and then cruising to the sweep. The Wolves have won three straight since last week’s loss to Otis. They are off tonight before visiting Flagler on Saturday for a huge non-league match-up.
Genoa-Hugo pulled off a bit of an upset, beating Kiowa in three sets. The Pirates had lost seven in a row prior to last night. Kiowa will try to bounce back today when a very good 2A Peyton squad visits. The Panthers have won four in a row coming into the match, and own a 10-8 edge in the series with the Indians.
Cotopaxi was dominated by 2A Custer County in their West Central match. The Pirates only scored 35 points in the contest, including just four in the opening set. They have now lost four of their last five. Cotopaxi will visit a scrappy Kim/Branson on Saturday.
Looking at tonight, #3 Dove Creek visits Norwood in San Juan Basin play. The Bulldogs swept Norwood last Friday, allowing a total of 25 points in the match. Trista Barnett had 11 kills and eight digs in the win.
Fourth-ranked Kit Carson travels to Walsh for a non-league contest, with the Wildcats looking to build upon last week’s sweep of Eads. Kenzie Wagonner still leads the classification with 206 kills. She comes into today as one of only two players in the entire state with more than 200, but that number could double tonight. Walsh is 2-2 in its last four, but enters off a loss to South Baca on Tuesday.
Eads and Cheraw both played last night, with results for their matches not having been reported. They play each other today in a High Plains clash. Cheraw had the tougher match on paper, visiting 2A Las Animas. The Eagles were on the road at South Baca.
Nucla travels to Plateau Valley for a non-league contest. The Mustangs have put four straight in the win column, the last two being five-setters. They sit 20th in today’s RPI.
Prairie goes to Weldon Valley for a big North Central clash. The Mustangs hosted Peetz last night in league play, and were heavily favored, but the results have yet to be reported. A win would have snapped a two-match skid, while a loss would make it three straight and five of six overall. Weldon Valley’s loss to Merino was its third straight. The Warriors had won three consecutive prior to their current skid.