Photo by Wayne Crick Delta coach Renee Cronenberg watches as Shelby Curtis saves an errant ball to extend a rally against the visiting Palisade Bulldogs. Delta was unable to keep pace with its 4A WSL foes and fell by a score of 3-1.A chance to pick up some valuable power points in the race for a post-season volleyball playoff berth went awry last Tuesday (Oct. 16) against Palisade's Bulldogs.
As in the first meeting between these two teams, the Lady Bulldogs pulled off a 3-1 win in WSL play.
Delta did get back on the winning side on Thursday with a 3-0 win over Battle Mountain in Edwards.
Both Glenwood Springs and Palisade are resting atop the WSL 4A standings with 8-2 records on league play while Glenwood takes a slight percentage edge with its 12-6 overall mark to Palisade's 13-7 mark.
Delta resides in third place at 6-4 and 12-9 with a chance to move up if things go their way this week. The Lady Panthers face Glenwood Springs on Thursday (Oct. 25) and a rematch with Summit, a team the Panthers lost to earlier in the season, on Saturday.
Against Palisade, the Lady Panthers started the match with a thrilling 27-25 first-set win. Delta was down by four late in the set and fought back to record ties at 20, 21, 22, 24, and 25 before Skylyn Webb served the final two points. In all, there were 11 ties in the first set.
Set two had some of the same traits seen in set one. Delta fell behind by six early and rallied back to within two at 15-13. Palisade turned up the offensive tempo and pushed out to a 21-14 to set up a 25-16 win.
Another six-point lead in set three came early for the Lady Bulldogs. Delta hammered away at the lead and tied the set at 16 before going ahead 19-16.
As in previous sets, the third set was tied at 20, 22, and 23 before the Lady Bulldogs got the advantage for a 25-23 decision.
Set four was evenly played early and was tied at 11. After that, Palisade outscored Delta 14-3 to post a 25-14 win.
Delta traveled to Edwards on Thursday to face the always dangerous Lady Huskies.
A see-saw battle throughout the first set eventually went to the Lady Panthers by a 27-25 margin.
Set two was definitely as exciting with Delta pulling off a second nail-biting victory by a 26-24 count.
Delta had a better edge in set three and was able to score a 25-20 win to take the set and match by a 3-0 margin.