The Cedaredge High School Bruins hosted the Delta High School Panthers for a volleyball match on Sept. 24. Unlike in their first home game of the season, the Bruins got off to a hot start this time around.
Cedaredge was able to put the Panthers on their heels with constant offensive pressure. Bruin setter Baylee Harris made it difficult for the Panthers defense by dishing out sets to all of her teammates. Thanks to a solid passing game, Reganne McIntire, Hannah Carlson, Makayla Kehmeier, Elizabeth Gilmore and Kammie Henderson took advantage of their multiple hitting opportunities.
Cedaredge seemed to play its most complete game of the season to date. They didn’t commit as many hitting errors and played a tight defense for most of the contest. The offensive attacks were relentless the entire time.
Delta took some time to adjust to the Cedaredge attacks but were eventually able to. The Panthers earned 62 digs, the highest number they’ve had in a single game this season. Delta libero Haylin McCulloch and teammates could be seen flying around and diving to get to hits by the Bruins. The Panther blocking game came up big at times, as well. Erika Kuta, Hannah Sterns, Raelee McCurdy and freshman Ellie Ames were a force at the net for Delta. Delta did a nice job of slowing down the outside hitting of the Bruins.
The Panthers were able to get things rolling and create a great deal of attacks. Delta had excellent hits from Kuta, Ames, Sterns and McCurdy off-sets from Jillian Carlson. Delta racked up a total of 142 attacks on the night and committed a mere 14 errors.
The tenacious Bruins’ defense held up through the barrage of Delta hits due to great communication and being in the right place at the right time. Delta made several surges throughout the match to make the sets close at times, but Cedaredge got the sweep 25-16, 25-20, 25-18.
The Bruins headed north to Craig for a battle with the Moffat County Bulldogs on Sept. 27. The Bruins started strong against a high-energy Bulldog team. Moffat County blocked and dug well, but as it’s been so far this season, Cedaredge was relentless. It eventually wore down the Bulldogs, ending the match in three sets 25-19, 25-12, and 25-18. The Bruins have been very consistent in getting everyone involved offensively and playing tight-knit defense.
Cedaredge plays Gunnison tomorrow, Oct. 3, at home in a 6 p.m. varsity match. The Bruins will take on the Basalt Longhorns in Basalt on Oct. 5. Preliminary games begin at 11 a.m. and noon, with varsity at approximately 1 p.m. Paonia High School will play host to the Bruins on Oct. 8 with preliminary games at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Varsity will be set to start at about 6 p.m.