The Lady Eagles are now 11-0 overall, 2-0 in the 2A Western Slope Conference after non-conference wins over Olathe and Rangely.
After six weeks of play they remain the only undefeated team in the 11-team 1A/2A Western Slope League, and are one of three 2A teams in the state with a perfect record.
"The girls showed up ready to play," said head coach Krista Carsten of the team's shut-out win on Sept. 24 over Olathe. "It was a good test for us to see where we are at this point in the season."
The Class 3A Lady Pirates were 8-1 overall heading into the match.
Paonia had to make early adjustments to its blocking game after Olathe's middle hitters, including Teresa Tafoya and Tori Davis, scored on some powerful hits. Once the adjustments were made, Paonia won the opening set, 25-19, then coasted to a 25-11 win in game two. Olathe had its best game in the final set, which it lost, 26-24.
"Our defense definitely got a workout," said Carsten, "and offensively, we played very well."
Outside hitters Morgan Hartigan and Carson Pipher led the team in kills with nine each. Setter Taylor Carsten had 17 assists and three kills in 80 touches.
Paonia had 13 errors in 58 digs. Easton Hartigan had 27 of the team's 47 serve receives, with no errors.
Paonia won in four matches Friday against Rangely (5-8 overall, 2-2 2A/1A WSL).
The match could have been over in three sets, "But we let down with our intensity in game three," said Coach Carsten. Paonia was able to recover from an 11-point deficit to tie the game at 23 and played to a 25-23 loss. "So we did show some character and fight," said Carsten.
Despite the team's 53 kills, the match wasn't its best offensive effort, said Carsten. Paonia also served 22 aces, but that number was offset by 13 service errors.
Pipher led in kills with 17, and Easton Hartigan served eight aces in 22 serves, and four blocks. Morgan Hartigan "had a very strong defensive match," coming up with 20 digs.
Rangely will have another shot at a win when it faces Paonia in a conference match on Oct. 19. All remaining games will count toward the team's conference record.
Paonia hosted a re-scheduled game against Vail Mountain (3-4, 2-1) Tuesday night. Scores were unavailable at press time. They travel to Kremmling Friday to face West Grand (6-7 overall, 2-3, 2A/1A Western Slope League) and to Hayden Saturday for a match against the Lady Tigers ( 7-3, 3-1).blog comments powered by Disqus