A busy week of volleyball had league standings scrambled more than once. After the long week, Delta still finds itself in fourth place at 8-3 and 17-3. The Panthers' 17-3 mark is the best among the top four teams.
Delta began the week with wins over Summit, 3-1, and Eagle Valley, 3-1. In weekend play, the Panthers lost a chance to move up the list in standings, on Friday, with a 3-2 loss at Edwards to Battle Mountain. A Saturday trip to league-leading Steamboat Springs resulted in a 3-0 victory for the Panthers.
Delta 3, Summit 1
The Tigers came into last Monday's match with upset on their minds. After Delta scored a 25-22 win in the first set, Summit roared back to tie the match with a 25-13 second-set victory.
Delta regained control of the match and scored wins of 25-19 and 25-22 in the third and fourth sets, respectively.
Ashton Reese and Emily Baier controlled the net with 17 and 22 kills, respectively. Shanan Davey had 25 digs, Baier 15 and Emily Nortnik 10 to lead in that department.
Service reception leaders were Baier (27), Davey (20) and Shelbi Ledesma (11).
Nortnik finished the match with 38 assists and Harlee Roberts recorded five aces.
Delta 3, Devils 1
A Tuesday match at home against Eagle Valley was well-played by the Panthers as they avenged their earlier season loss with a 3-1 victory.
A slow start for Delta gave the visiting Devils an edge that led to a 26-24 win for Eagle Valley. After that, Delta turned fierce and aggressive to overtake the Devils, 25-19, 25-20 and 25-23.
Baier had the upper hand at the net with 27 kills and she scored three aces for the offense. Reese also was a force at the net with 20 kills.
Roberts added four aces and Nortnik dished out 46 assists on offense.
Davey paced Delta's team in digs with 27 with teammates Roberts and Ledesma chipping in 15 digs each.
BM 3, Delta 2
The Panthers won two of the first three sets but couldn't hold on for the important WSL win. A 26-24 decision put Delta in front 1-0 only to have the Huskies tie things up with a 25-17 second-set win. The Panthers regained the lead, 2-1, with their 25-11 win in set three.
Battle Mountain used its home-court advantage to run the table for wins of 25-11 and 15-10 in the final two sets.
Reese's 23 kills topped Delta's defense at the net, with Baier picking up 17 kills of her own.
Ledesma and Baier had two aces each while Nortnik collected 36 assists for the Panthers.
Davey finished the match with 20 digs and Nortnik had 16.
Delta 3, SS 0
A very pleasant result was achieved in Steamboat Springs on Saturday. The Panthers fell to the Sailors, 3-1, on Sept. 19 in Delta. Last week's 3-0 win more than made up for the earlier loss.
Steamboat stayed close in all three sets but could not solve the Panthers' defense enough times to earn a set win.
Delta won the first set 25-19 and allowed the Sailors one more point in a second-set win, 25-20. The most closely contested set was the third. Delta held off the host Sailors to earn a 25-23 decision and the match victory, 3-0.
As in previous matches, Reese and Baier were Delta's kills leaders with 21 and 16, respectively. Reese also had one block while Baier had 11 digs and three aces in the win.
Nortnik was good for 40 assists and 11 digs while Davey finished with 13 digs for the winners.
This week's volleyball schedule included a Tuesday, Oct. 20, match against Glenwood Springs. Those results will appear in next week's sports section.
On Thursday, Oct. 22, Delta will host Rifle for a 6:30 p.m. varsity match.
Delta concludes its volleyball regular season against Palisade on Oct. 29, in Palisade, at 6:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.