Volleyball rivals Paonia and Cedaredge met in the finals of the 2A District 5 Tournament last Saturday, and just like the regular season matches between the Eagles and Bruins, fans at neutral Grand Valley High School were treated to an outstanding match that needed extra points to decide the victor.
In a fiercely competitive match, Cedaredge (19-4) won the five-set nailbiter 25-20, 25-23, 18-25, 13-25, 18-16.
Paonia fell behind after two sets and then rallied to force the fifth set finale. Morgan Hartigan recorded 14 kills and 16 digs in the loss while Emily Pieper posted 11 kills and 17 digs for the Eagles.
In the end, Cedaredge's experienced squad featuring seven seniors prevailed and will host this weekend's regional tournament looking to qualify for the state tournament for the second year in a row.
Paonia must go on the road in its attempt to return to the state tournament in Denver.
The Eagles started the district tournament with wins over Hotchkiss and Vail Christian on Friday, then beat West Grand 25-18, 25-19, 25-27, 25-11 early Saturday morning to set up the showdown with the Bruins.