The light at the end of the tunnel IS getting brighter for Delta volleyball coach Beth Nelson. The good news is that the light is not a train on its way to wreck a season that has produced tremendous growth for a young volleyball team.
Delta played twice last week, both early in the week. Battle Mountain visited the Panther Den on Monday (Oct. 14) but did not treat its hostesses with much respect. The Lady Huskies, first in the 4A WSL at 10-0 and 18-1 overall, swept the match in three sets.
Tuesday's WSL encounter with Palisade was a much-needed 3-2 win on the road.
BM 3, Delta 0
The visiting Huskies were all business and Delta handled it with solid play for much of the match.
Battle Mountain began with a 25-18 win in set one and torqued up a notch to win 25-11 in set two.
The final set was more closely contested with the Lady Huskies winning 25-19.
Shelby Curtis led Delta with four kills followed by Haley Millard with three and Emily Baier, Amelia Hawkins and Brittanny Brasfield chipping in two kills each.
In the dig department, Bailey Massano had eight, with three players (Katie Puderbaugh, Baier, and Toni Ortiz) recording five digs each.
Ortiz and Baier had the top number of assists with 15 and 13 respectively.
Both Massano and Baier had one ace in the match.
A note from Nelson again showed positive appreciation for the team's progress. "We played way too timid. I am pleased how we played the first and third sets. We kinda gave them the second set. There seemed to be a let down in energy. Other than that, I was pleased with their overall performance."
Delta 3, Palisade 2
Tuesday night's performance was, for the most part, much improved. The second-set loss might have been somewhat concerning.
Delta jumped on the Bulldogs for a 25-21 win in the first set. All the wind seemed to be out of the sails for set two as Palisade rallied for a 25-8 win.
There was still plenty of confidence after a third-set loss of 25-23.
Delta took match momentum back in the fourth set to win a tough 25-21 decision that tied the match at 2-2. The fifth, and deciding, set was all Delta as the Lady Panthers powered their way to a 15-6 win.
Millard's seven kills led Delta in that department, with Hawkins close behind with four kills.
Massano had a big night for Delta with 27 digs and Puderbaugh added 12 for the winners. Puderbaugh also had a pair of aces.
Ortiz and Baier were Delta's assists leaders with 17 and 14 respectively.
Nelson commented on how well her team played and noted the break from action would be a welcomed vacation.
Delta faces Montrose on Oct. 23 (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m. and hosts Glenwood Springs (6-4 and 10-7) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
The Panthers' final regular season match is in Frisco against the Summit Tigers (2-8 and 5-12) on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus