With four losses in last week’s 2A volleyball district tournament in Meeker, Paonia High School’s chances of making this year’s state playoff picture is fuzzy at best. The Eagles finished the 2019 volleyball campaign with an overall 9-14 record and is ranked 42nd in RPI standings for Class 2A. The top 32 teams are generally considered for placement in post season play.
Paonia began its district tournament play in Meeker on Nov. 1. The team’s first game was with Vail Christian High School, which finished third in the 2A WSL with a 12-11 record. The Saints are listed 32nd in the RPI standings. The Saints were too much for Paonia to handle in a first round game in Meeker and won in three sets, 25-20, 26-24 and 25-6.
Game two, also on Nov. 1, was against the 2A WSL second place team, West Grand High School (19-4 and a No. 7 RPI rank). The Rams were a bit more accommodating for the Eagles but the results were the same… a three-set loss, 25-21, 25-21 and 25-19.
November 2 morning’s play began with the fourth place 2A WSL team, Vail Mountain High School (12-11 and a 23rd place RPI standing). The Gore Rangers were winners in three sets, 25-10, 25-14 and 25-19.
The Eagles played their final game against 2A WSL leading Meeker (21-2 and No. 3 RPI rank). Paonia held its own in the first set in a 25-22 loss then fell 25-15 and 25-13 to complete tournament play.