It was a three-match week for the Delta High School volleyball team. Two of the three were with non-conference foes.
The first match of the week took place on Wednesday, Oct. 10, against Central High School. The Lady Panthers played a four-set match with Central on Sept. 9 and lost by the same margin on both occasions, 3-1.
Delta's second match was with Montrose, a team that defeated Central recently. The Lady Panthers had little problem with Montrose as they rolled to a 3-0 win. A week-ending match with Steamboat Springs took place in Delta on Saturday, Oct. 13, with the Panthers scoring a 3-0 win.
Against Central, the Panthers held an early lead but saw that dwindle to a 5-5 tie. The two teams played a closely-contested set with five ties that represented no more than five points separating the teams throughout the match. Delta did get a late lead that eventually led to a 25-20 decision for the Panthers.
Set two was going well for Delta as they took an 8-4 lead. A rally by the Warriors tied the set at 11-11. After that, Central took advantage of Delta miscues to take a 21-13 lead that eventually produced a 25-15 Central win.
After falling behind, 8-1, in the third set, Delta fought back to trim the Warrior's lead to 13-12. Another Central run gave the Warriors a four-point edge. Kills by Erin Zunich, Brooke Taylor, and Brittanny Brasfield helped Delta get back to a one-point deficit at 21-20. Central made a late surge to put the set away with a 25-21 score.
Delta refused to fade in the fourth set and made a tremendous rush near the end of the set to stay alive and make things interesting. Central had moved to a 21-14 advantage with Skylyn Webb stepping to the service line. Webb, and the rest of the Lady Panthers, went on a scoring spree that produced a 22-22 tie. From there, Central made the right plays at the right time to score a 25-23 win for the match.
Delta's final match of the week with Steamboat Springs mirrored its earlier 3-0 win over the Sailors. Steamboat scored 20 points in two of its earlier set losses but managed just 17 point production last Saturday.
Delta won the match with easy wins of 25-11, 25-15, and 25-17.
The Lady Panthers, after their match against Palisade on Oct. 16, have two matches remaining on their regular season schedule. Their first match is at Edwards against Battle Mountain on Oct. 18 (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m., and on Oct. 25 in Glenwood Springs at 6 p.m.
The Panthers are currently third in 4A WSL play with a league mark of 5-3 and an overall mark of 11-8. Palisade is first at 7-1 and 11-5 with Glenwood Springs second at 7-2 and 9-5.