Bruins' volleyball team working, playing hard

Photo by Kirby Henderson Cedaredge High School won a title in volleyball this past week in Durango with six players, left to right, Hannah Carlson, Kimberley Milholland, Makayla Kehmeier, Kammie Henderson and Baylee Harris with head coach Heather Dunbar.

Cedaredge High School's volleyball coach, Heather Dunbar, and her athletes have been working hard all summer. They've been hitting the weight room consistently before every open-gym session. Turnout has been high, which has led to success this summer. Coach Dunbar has been pleased with the solid conditioning the girls have come in with and is coupling the necessary volleyball skills with that conditioning.

Two weeks ago, 28 girls attended the Adams State volleyball camp in Alamosa with hopes of improving their skills and as a team. The younger girls improved immensely, and the varsity earned runner-up honors in the Silver Division losing to Farmington, NM.

Last Wednesday, a load of CHS girls headed down to Delta for scrimmages as a tune-up opportunity before heading to another team camp at Fort Lewis in Durango.

There were 22 girls who attended the Fort Lewis team camp. The persistence of working hard and trying to improve paid off. The freshman/C-Team squad played with heart and tenacity. Many of the young group were learning new positions. The junior varsity team came back home as winners of its bracket. In fact, the team ran right through the bracket without a loss, not even a set.

The varsity girls had no substitutes for the weekend, so conditioning was key. In pool play, the six girls found themselves squared off against the team which had defeated them the prior week, Farmington, NM. The girls stepped up and defeated them in two sets.

Cedaredge beat Ignacio in cross-over pool play to earn the #1 seed for Saturday's tournament action.

The Bruins defeated two teams to begin the tournament but met defeat at the hands of Ignacio. The loss sent CHS to the consolation bracket. Persistence, confidence, and teamwork helped them take out Bloomfield, NM in the consolation bracket and get a shot at the tournament championship where they faced Ignacio for the third time in the tournament. With Ignacio remaining undefeated on Saturday, Cedaredge knew they needed to defeat them twice in order to earn the camp championship. They did just that.

Coach Dunbar, the coaching staff, and the athletes have set themselves up to have a fun, competitive fall season.

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