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Delta volleyball team holds on for WSL lead

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Photo by Wayne Crick Delta's Emily Baier was at the net for this block for a point against Basalt's Longhorns last week. The Panthers' Emily Nortnik watches as Baier outmuscles her opponent for the point. Baier is first in 3A WSL kills with 212 and second

Delta High School stayed in control of the 3A WSL standings with three wins this past week. The Panthers defeated ninth-place Basalt (1-8 and 4-12) in three sets, held off upstart Cedaredge (4-4 and 8-12), the sixth-place WSL team, in three sets and raced past number eight Moffat County (2-8 and 5-13) in three sets as well.

At home against the Longhorns, Emily Baier pounded seven kills, had a pair of blocks and gathered 15 digs for the Panthers.

Makayla Mills had eight of Delta's 19 aces with Harlee Roberts scoring five and Lexi Quinn another four aces for the winners.

Shelbi Ledesma had nine digs and Roberts had eight and Quinn another seven, respectively.

Emily Nortnik led Delta with 21 assists.

Delta won the first and third sets by scores of 25-9 and played a scrappy Basalt team to a 25-17 win in set two.

In Cedaredge, on Oct. 13, the Bruins lost the first set, 10-25, and then regrouped to battle on a more even basis in losses of 17-25 and 25-27.

Baier played a strong net game with 17 kills followed by teammates Quinn (8) and Mills (6).

On the service line, Baier finished with three aces and Nortnik and Roberts had two apiece.

Five players had double-digit numbers in digs with Baier's 16 leading the way. Ledesma and Roberts had 15 each with Mills recording 13 and Quinn 11.

As usual, Nortnik's assist number (33) led the way for Delta.

In Craig, the Panthers were in control to record straight set wins of 25-13, 25-6 and 25-18.

Baier's 10 kills paced Delta's 31-kill match.

Roberts was deadly in services, for Delta, with her eight aces and Nortnik dished out 26 assists in the three-set match.

The Panthers are on the road for the remainder of their schedule.

On Oct. 20 the Panthers are in Parachute to face Grand Valley's Cardinals at 6 p.m. in a varsity match. Saturday, Oct. 22, Delta is over the hill to Carbondale where it will face Roaring Fork's Rams in varsity action at 3 p.m.

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