Delta High School's volleyball team has had its ups and downs in 2018, but they continue to battle and play well at times.
The Panthers traveled to Carbondale early last week and scored a 3-1 victory over the Roaring Fork Rams. Delta is sitting in fifth place in the 3A WSL with an overall record of 10-6 and 4-2 in league play following Thursday's 3-0 loss to Montrose.
Against Roaring Fork, senior Lauren Davey and junior Sara Geddes hammered 11 and 10 kills respectively to pace the Panthers to a 3-1 match win. Delta lost the opening set 25-20, then reeled off three straight wins of 25-15, 25-19 and 25-10 for the victory.
Geddes and freshman Jillian Carlson provided four and two aces on the evening while Delta got 16 digs from junior Haylin McCulloch and 15 from Geddes. Senior Abby Carlson dished out 30 assists in the WSL contest.
Top service receptions were recorded by Geddes (17), junior Madi Gieck (14), McCulloch (11) and senior Mimi Lousignont (10).
On Thursday, Montrose controlled play for three straight wins of 25-19, 25-16 and 25-21.
Geddes knocked down 12 kills with Gieck and Kuta serving up three aces each.
Double-digit digs went to Geddes (16), Gieck (12) and McCulloch (10). Abby Carlson was the Panthers assists leader with 23 and Geddes was on the end of 25 service receptions to pace the Panthers in that category.
As the season wears on, Delta has several athletes in the top 10 in several categories for the WSL. Geddes is listed third in kills for the season with 120, Davey is fourth with 101 and Erika Kuta has 78 so far this season.
Abby Carlson is second in the league with 279 assists with sister Jillian 10 with 46.
Delta's top 10 leaders for aces include number four Geddes (25) and number eight Kuta (21).
Davey and Kuta are fourth and fifth in blocks with 37 and 35, respectively, and McCulloch leads in digs with 197 for the season.
Delta coach Beth Nelson commented on last week's Montrose game saying, "The Montrose match was tough because we played with them in each set but just couldn't finish. Our unforced errors are what we continue to focus on and I believe the girls will have this figured out by playoffs."
Nelson also noted there were some big position changes on the team recently with (Lauren) Davey moving to the outside. "We like her there and like the line up we have now and hope to get in rhythm in the next few weeks. We are 15th in RPI rankings now and hope to finish the season strong and go into the playoffs with mental toughness."
The Panthers faced league foe Basalt (0-8 league and 3-10) Oct. 8 with their next court action on Oct. 16 at Coal Ridge at 6:30 p.m. Olathe is in town Oct. 17 for a 6 p.m. contest.