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Lightfoot, Mora, Deaton receive volleyball honors

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Poppy Lightfoot

Paonia senior Poppy Lightfoot was named to the 2018 Western Slope League All-Conference First Team in volleyball. A three-year varsity player, Lightfoot was ranked second in the league in kills and hitting percentage with 312 in 971 attacks.

Lightfoot also was named to the All-State first team by the Colorado Coaches for Girls Sports and was invited to play All-State volleyball games at Arvada West High School and attend the annual CCGS banquet Nov. 17-18.

In her first year as head coach for Paonia, Ce'rra Carsten was selected to co-coach the games with Meeker head coach Greg Cravens. Three other WLS players, Meeker's Kristin and Kassie Luce, and Sarah Evans of Vail Mountain also played at the games. "She played so well," said Carsten of Lightfoot. "It was a blast."

Senior libero Jacqueline Mora-Verdeja and junior middle hitter Jessica Deaton received All-Conference honorable mention. Mora-Verdeja completed 241 digs on the season, 375 serve receives with 38 errors, served 15 aces, and snuck in 16 assists and five back-row kills in 48 attacks.

Deaton, who shifted this season from outside to middle hitter, had 129 kills in 512 attacks for the season, 35 assists, and 18 total blocks. She also received 306 serves with only 35 errors, and scored 30 points for the season on serving aces.

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