Paonia is now 8-6 overall and 6-2 in the 2A Western Slope League following conference wins over North Park and Soroco.
The wins came on the heels of a hard-fought, 3-0 loss to Cedaredge, which Paonia lost by a total of 11 points. The Eagles also played to an "ugly" 3-2 loss at Rangely that saw small mistakes and missed serves at key points in the games. Their best game of the series, a 25-15 win, was how the entire match should have gone, said Carsten.
On Friday, the Eagles scored 10 points on serve aces and 28 kills on 80 attacks in their 25-16, 25-19, 25-7 home conference win over North Park (4-9, 3-9, 1A WSL). Sadie Miller served six aces and scored six kills in 14 attacks. Senior Poppy Lightfoot scored 13 kills, and setter Carly Horn had 25 assists.
North Park scored 13 kills in 97 attacks, with Jessica Deaton leading the defense with 11 of the team's 40 digs. Carsten said that in the last month, Deaton has shown measurable growth. "I think Jess is one of the most consistent players. She doesn't stand out, but she does her job. She's a rock star."
In the last two weeks, first-year varsity outside hitter Sadie Miller has moved away from the JV mentality and has come on with her hitting game, said Carsten. "She's figured it out and she's doing a darn good job on the outside."
On Saturday, Paonia played to a 3-2 conference win over Soroco (8-9, 4-5).
The Eagles will bring a 6-2 record in the 2A Western Slope League into Tuesday night's game against Olathe (4-11, 2-6, 3A WSL).
The Eagles have a tough weekend ahead. They face 15-0 Meeker Friday at Meeker, and on Saturday face 13-3 Vail Mountain. Meeker and Vail Mountain are in first and second place in 2A/1A WSL standings; Paonia is fourth in WSL team standings behind De Beque.