After five straight matches on the road, the Paonia volleyball team can enjoy some time on its home court before heading into district playoffs which open next Tuesday, with the top four teams hosting pigtail games. Paonia will conclude conference play Saturday with the annual Pink Night fundraiser for Delta County Hospice.
"The last three weeks on the road has been physically and mentally draining on the girls," said coach Krista Carsten.
At 16-0 overall, 7-0 in the 2A Western Slope League, the Lady Eagles are in first place after last week's on-the-road wins over No. 3 Vail Christian (12-5 overall, 6-2 2A/1A WSL) and No. 2 Meeker (9-6, 6-1).
Carsten called Vail Christian a solid team that "should go on to do well in the 1A classification." Paonia won the opening game, 25-19, then dropped the second match, 20-25. "We just didn't play well in game two," said Carsten, adding that the team recorded only five kills for the game. They were down, 16-23, in game 3 and were able to play back to a 25-23 win. The Saints didn't let up, and pushed the final game to extra points, eventually falling, 27-25.
After a 3-2 win over Meeker in early-season play, Paonia defeated the Lady Cowboys in three (25-22, 25-22, 27-25) Friday at Meeker. They were down in game three and were able to recover for the win. "These girls don't ever give up," said Carsten. "They are doing a nice job of fighting through the momentum swings." Outside hitters Carson Pipher and Morgan Hartigan are "hitting really well now," said Carsten. This week's focus will be on getting more production out of the middles. "We aren't blocking as well as we need to be, either," added Carsten.
Paonia is also serving well. The team gets more than 90 percent of its serves into play and has a combined 210 aces for the season. Jesse Holt has had 267 attempts with only four errors – a better than 90 percent average.
Paonia will play its final away game this Thursday at Hotchkiss (1-14, 1-6). Varsity action begins at 6 p.m. On Friday, Paonia hosts Plateau Valley at 5 p.m., following C-team and JV action at 3 and 4 p.m.
Paonia will join the visiting Rangely Lady Panthers for their annual Pink Night celebration. The event is held every October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Volleyball action begins at 1 p.m. with the C-team game, followed by junior varsity and varsity games at 2 and 3 p.m.
There will be drawings, games, prizes and a lot of pink throughout the evening. All proceeds go to Delta County Hospice. For details, or to donate in honor of someone affected by cancer, call Kriss at 527-4882.blog comments powered by Disqus