Paonia remains in third place in 2A District 5 volleyball standings after posting its first conference loss of the season Saturday at Rangely. The three set (17-25, 25-27, 16-25) loss gives Paonia an 8-1 conference and 13-3 overall record with three games remaining in the regular season.
Senior Mckenna Palmer made 14 of the team's 24 kills, served seven of the team's nine aces and picked up 32 serve receives with no errors against the Panthers. The Eagles averaged 21 digs per set and had 26 dig errors. Taralee Mautz, Poppy Lightfoot and Jessica Deaton combined for nine total blocks.
Paonia had 40 total kills and completed 95.9 percent of its serves in last Thursday's non-conference 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-9) win over Olathe. Palmer averaged seven kills per set for the match and picked up 13 serve receives with no errors. Outside hitter Randi Rapke completed eight kills, and Mautz added six.
Carly Horn had 18 assists, and Lightfoot assisted on 15 kills.
Paonia wraps up the regular season against Caprock (2-8) on Oct. 19, Meeker on Oct. 20, and Vail Mountain (8-3) on Oct. 21.
The Saturday loss in Rangely gives Paonia a 13-3 overall, 8-1 conference record. The Eagles are currently ranked third out of 11 teams in MaxPreps 2A District 5 standings behind Meeker (8-0) and Rangely (9-1). Meeker has won all but two matches and eight sets this season.
Grand Valley High School in Parachute will host the district tournament Oct. 27-28. Pool matches will be posted following completion of next Tuesday's pigtail elimination matches.