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Photo by Wayne Crick Delta senior setter Emily Nortnik sets the ball against Montrose last week. The Indians worked their way to a 3-1 non-conference win.

Delta's Panthers were busy playing volleyball last week. The action began on Thursday, Sept. 8, in Montrose. A first-set win (25-22) would be all Delta would get as the Indians won the next three sets 25-8, 25-18 and 26-24 to win the match.

Emily Baier led the team with 17 kills with Makayla Mills next with eight.

Lexi Quinn scored three aces in service attempts to lead in that category.

Baier was the leader in digs (18) with Shelbi Ledesma collecting another 14 for the Panthers.

Baier, Dani Sakala and Mills each had a block in the match while Emily Nortnik paced Delta with 28 assists.

Delta played five matches on Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Mesa Ridge Tournament. Match number one was against Pueblo County with Delta winning 2-0. Sand Creek was the next opponent and the Panthers claimed another 2-0 win.

The first afternoon match was against Mesa Ridge, and the Panthers notched their third straight win (2-0) to stay undefeated in tournament play. Colorado Springs School fell victim to the Panthers next (2-0) with the championship match against Erie going to the Tigers 2-0.

Statistics from the weekend included 57 kills for Baier and 18 for Sakala.

In the service department, Nortnik paced the Panthers with nine aces.

Mills recorded 31 digs with Harlee Roberts getting 25.

Baier had four blocks and Sakala was creditied with 2.5 blocks. Emily Nortnik led the Panthers with 71 assists.

Teresa Baier provided the statistics for last week's volleyball play.

Delta head coach Beth Barry was happy with the team's progress. "It was a great weekend for the Panthers. We are working extremely hard to establish a middle this season and Makayla Mills and Dani Sakala are doing that for us. This allows Emily Baier to have some big hits on the outside with one blocker and she really put some balls away at the tournament. Emily Nortnik is running our offense like a veteran setter and taking control of our side of the net. As for the future, we are working on speeding up our offense and being extremely scrappy on the defensive side of things. We have put a huge emphasis on out of system balls, and I was very happy with how we handled those. Now we need to work on limiting our errors in system."

Delta takes on Gunnison in a conference match Sept. 15 with varsity action set to begin at 6 p.m. Preliminary matches begin at 4 and 5 p.m.

Photo by Wayne Crick Delta’s Makayla Mills gets a good swing on the ball against Montrose last week. Waiting to see the results of Mills’ swing is setter Emily Nortnik (23) and Shelbi Ledesman (12). Montrose won the match 3-1.
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