Delta's Panthers split matches played in volleyball this past week. A win was recorded on Oct. 1 against Glenwood Springs, 3-1. A road trip to Gypsum resulted in a 3-1 loss to Eagle Valley. Both contests were 4A WSL matchups. The only other loss on Delta's schedule came at home against Steamboat Springs, 3-1.
Delta has the league's best overall record at 12-2 but is 4-2 in league play and is fourth in 4A WSL standings. Eagle Valley is listed first at 5-1 and 8-5, Steamboat Springs is second at 4-1 and 11-2, and Battle Mountain is third at 4-1 and 5-4.
Delta 3, GS 1
Ashton Reese and Emily Baier posted 21 and 17 kills, respectively, as the two juniors compete to provide the Panthers with as much offense as they can. Reese also posted three blocks, 14 digs and 10 service receptions. Baier finished with 19 digs and 27 service receptions.
Shelbi Ledesma and Shanan Davey had three aces each with Davey collecting 16 digs and 28 service receptions.
Emily Nortnik had 13 digs and 43 assists for the Panthers.
Delta won the first two sets, 26-24 and 25-14 before losing 29-31 in set three. The Panthers claimed the match victory with a 25-19 fourth-set win.
EV 3, Delta 1
In Gypsum, Delta fell behind early with a 13-25 loss in set one. The Panthers won, 25-23, in the second set only to drop the next two sets, 22-25 and 19-25.
Baier led the Panthers in kills with 15 and had 15 digs. Davey had 17 digs to lead Delta in that category while Reese had 14 kills and Mykayla Mills had three kills and two blocks.
Harlee Roberts finished with three aces while Nortnik's 30 assists were tops and Dani Sakala had two blocks.
Delta is scheduled to host Palisade on Oct. 8 with a 6:30 p.m. starting time for varsity play.
The Panthers will take on Summit's Tigers in Frisco on Oct. 12. That 4A WSL contest is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
On Oct. 13, Delta is scheduled to return to Gypsum, where it will play a rematch with the Devils. That match will have a 6:30 p.m. starting time.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.