The Lady Eagles volleyball team opened the season on Aug. 29, with a 3-0 win over Cedaredge (25-15, 25-16, 25-13). The game marked the start of the season for both teams.
"Cedaredge's match was a great starting point for us," said Paonia head coach Krista Carsten. The team has implemented changes in its offense and in its serve receive formation. "We had our moments of struggles, but overall we executed fairly well."
Paonia blocker Jessie Holt, a sophomore and first-year varsity player, had a flawless serving game. Holt opened with 12 consecutive serves and three aces to give the Eagles a 12-0 lead. Paonia never relinquished the lead, winning the set, 25-15.
Holt made two serves in game two, and opened the third set from the service line, driving the ball over the net eight more times before the Lady Eagles relinquished the serve to Cedaredge.
Holt ended the game with 26 serves, seven aces, and no errors, and made two kills.
Morgan Hartigan led the Eagles in kills with 10, and senior Carson Pipher was ruthless from the corner, making eight kills in 18 attacks.
On defense, Pipher came up with 12 digs and Hartigan and Taylor Carsten each contributed seven. Easton Hartigan had two blocks and one assist and made two errors in 14 serve receptions.
The Lady Bruins struggled to pull together a working combination, and failed to find consistency in their game. Their best run came in game one, with Rebecca Deal making six consecutive serves and three aces to bring the Bruins to within seven. Junior Kristin Gardner added two kills before Cedaredge gave up the serve.
Paonia hosted Delta Tuesday. The Lady Panthers were coming off of a 3-0 loss to Gunnison (3-0 overall, 0-0 3A Western Slope League). They host Grand Valley at 5:30 p.m. Friday, as part of Homecoming Week action.
Cedaredge faced Hotchkiss Tuesday and faces Gunnison on Sept. 12.blog comments powered by Disqus