The Cedaredge Bruins have won their last four volleyball matches following a 3-1 loss to Class 4A Delta. Hotchkiss and Gunnison are the latest victims for the Bruins. It took three sets to determine the victor in each match.
Against Hotchkiss, the Bruins' defense was mighty stingy as it allowed just 17 points in the first two sets, 9 and 8, before giving up 16 in the third.
Gunnison provided stiffer competition for the Bruins, but they still won in three 25-14, 25-20 and 25-22.
Bruins 3, Bulldogs 0
Cedaredge started strong with a stout defense that controlled the Bulldogs' offense with good reactions.
The 25-9 start in set one more than established how the match was going to be played. Cedaredge followed up with a 25-8 win in set two to take a commanding lead in the match.
The third set saw substitutions in the lineup for the Bruins and a more competitive 25-16 score.
Three Cedaredge players, including coach Heather Dunbar's Volleyball Player of the Match Nellie Freeman, combined for 22 of the 29 kills scored by the Bruins in the match. Kenzie Henderson was high with eight, with Freeman and Hannah Gilmore adding seven each.
Freeman and Kendall McHugh held hot hands at the service line as they provided six and five aces, respectively.
In the digs department, Freeman and Amber Jenkins were good for 11 receptions each.
McHugh had 28 assists for the Bruins in the win.
Bruins 3, Cowboys 0
As the scores indicated, Cedaredge dominated in all categories on its way to a win.
Henderson led the Bruins in kills with 14, while Gilmore was next high with 12. Gunnison's top kills producer was Shay Percival with 12.
Lydia Knutson and Henderson had their presence felt at the net with four and three blocks, respectively, for the Bruins.
Cedaredge was led in digs by Freeman and Henderson with 14 each, while Jenkins finished with 12 digs and Lacey Love had 11.
McHugh's 20 assists were tops for Cedaredge while Jarren Howard had 16 for the Cowboys.
Gunnison had the top service receiver in Parker Hamilton, while the Bruins got 19 receptions from Gilmore and 13 from Henderson.
Coach Heather Dunbar tabbed Henderson as the Cedaredge Volleyball Player of the Match.
When asked about the week's play, and Gunnison in particular, Dunbar wanted more determination. "Gunnison was better the second time (played on Sept. 5 with 3-0 win). They've gotten better. We need to work hard on finishing and not settling on just two wins; we want three."
A Wednesday, Sept. 23, visit to De Beque will find the Bruins in action with junior varsity play beginning at 5 p.m. and the varsity to follow at 6 p.m.
On Saturday Cedaredge hosts Rangley for matches starting at 1 p.m. with freshman play and junior varsity and varsity contest following at 2 and 3 p.m., respectively.
A showdown with Paonia is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1, in Cedaredge with matches set for 4, 5, and 6 p.m.