The week started out with an always-tough rivalry with the Olathe Lady Pirates on Tuesday, Sept. 11. These two teams are almost always guaranteed to provide a quality contest for fans to watch and coaches to wring their hands over.
This year's battle did not disappoint.
Olathe hosted Delta and jumped out to a one-set advantage after posting a 25-21 win.
The visiting Panthers scrapped their way to a second-set win of 26-24 to tie the match.
Delta got the biggest marginal win of the match in set three with its 25-20 decision to go up 2-1 in set-play. Olathe was not through yet however as they closed out a 25-23 squeaker in set four to tie the match at 2-2.
With a few breaks, this game might well have been still being played. The fifth set was back and forth with Delta eventually holding on for a 16-14 edge and a 3-2 match win.
In Palisade on Thursday (Sept. 13) the play closely resembled what had happened in Olathe just two days earlier. Palisade rolled to a first-set win of 25-20 and Delta tied the match with a 25-19 win in the second set.
It was Palisade's turn to win the third set with a 25-22 decision. Delta was strong in the fourth set and seemed to have game momentum on its side as it won 25-18.
The fifth set came down to who would make the least mistakes to decide the winner. Delta failed to receive serve on three straight occasions and the Bulldogs gained a lead that led to a 15-11 win.
A Saturday match with Eagle Valley was the second straight 4A league match for Delta. The Lady Devils stayed close to Delta but could not overcome several hitting errors and other miscues to lose in three straight sets 25-19, 25-23 and 25-19.
Delta is currently in fourth place in the tough 4A WSL with records of 1-1 in league and 5-4 overall. Sitting atop league standings is Battle Mountain (1-0, 3-1). Close behind the Lady Huskies is Glenwood Springs (1-0, 4-4) and Palisade (1-0, 4-4).
Delta is at Central on Thursday (Sept. 20) at 6:30 p.m. and travels to Steamboat Springs on Saturday for a 1 p.m. match.blog comments powered by Disqus