CHS wins region, on to state for volleyball title run
By Wayne Crick
Published Thursday, November 12, 2015 7:43 am
Photo by Wayne Crick West Grand's Ralin Corrales (4) tried to get the ball past a double block made up of Makayla McKinney (12) and Hannah Gilmore (33) in first-game action of Region C 2A volleyball play in Cedaredge. McKinney blocked the ball for a point
Last weekend's volleyball regionals produced some exciting matches for local teams. Cedaredge High School won in Region C with victories over West Grand, 25-17, 25-21 and 25-19 and Dolores, 25-16, 25-17 and 25-13.
Dolores eliminated the Bruins last season in regional play.
Paonia was also a winner with a three-set win over Ignacio, 25-21, 25-20 and 25-21 and an upset decision over host school Ridgway, 25-15, 25-13, 27-29 and 25- 21.
Both Cedaredge and Paonia will attend this year's state volleyball championships in Denver at the Denver Coliseum on Nov. 13-14.
Bruins 3, Mustangs 0
Region C regional play began with Cedaredge facing West Grand in a 10 a.m. match. Set one was close until Nellie Freeman began her service with the match tied, 6-6. Freeman ended her service with a four-point run that left Cedaredge ahead 10-7. The Bruins never trailed after that and won the set, 25-17.
Set two was back and forth until Amber Jenkins' service produced three straight points before losing her serve. A 14-14 game quickly changed to a 17-14 lead for the Bruins that was not relinquished. Cedaredge eventually claimed a 25-21 decision for a 2-0 lead.
A 4-3 lead early in the third set grew to a 7-4 advantage, and the Bruins stayed in front the rest of the way for a 25-19 finish.
Four Bruins had strong performances at the net against West Grand. Freeman finished with 11 kills, Hannah Gilmore had nine, with Kenzie Henderson and Lydia Knutson picking up seven and six kills respectively.
Knutson topped the Bruins with four kills, with Gilmore and Kendall McHugh adding two each.
Four Bruins finished with double-digit digs. Amber Jenkins and Henderson had 23, Freeman 21 and McHugh added another 11. McHugh also finished the match with 23 assists.
Bruins 3, Bears 0
Dolores qualified out of the 2A/1A San Juan Basin League as a number three seed in Region C. Cedaredge was too much for the Bears and ran away with the match in three sets.
Kills' leaders for the Bruins included Henderson with 12, Knutson eight and Freeman with seven.
Knutson and Gilmore had two blocks each against Dolores.
Jenkins finished with 26 digs to lead in that department. Other digs' leaders were Freeman with 11, Gilmore with 10 and Henderson with eight.
McHugh's 32 assists gave her a total of 55 for the two matches played on Saturday.
The Bruins enter this weekend's 2A state volleyball tournament as the number seven seed. Number 11 Kiowa and number three Lyons will attempt to stop the Bruins from advancing to semifinal action at the Denver Coliseum Nov. 13-14.
Play begins at 8 a.m. each day. Cedaredge and Lyons square off on Friday and it's Kiowa and Cedaredge on Saturday. Winners of each of the four Pools enter into the championship-round play on Saturday.