Going back to 2007, the Paonia High School Eagles had 17 straight wins over Hotchkiss High School in volleyball over those 13 years. The streak ended Oct. 4, with the Bulldogs scoring a 3-2 victory. The first set was closely contested with Hotchkiss emerging the victor, 25-23. Set two ended with the Eagles earning a 25-16 win to tie the match at one set each.
Hotchkiss scored a 25-12 win in set three to take a 2-1 lead in the match. That lead did not last long as Paonia won by the exact same score, 25-12, in set four, tying the match at 2-2.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the deciding fifth set and managed to hold off Paonia’s offense for a 15-7 win and the 3-2 match win.
Senior Elsie Vazquez led the Bulldogs net attack with 10 kills with senior Shay Glaser chipping in another five kills to go with junior Amelia Hickam’s five kills and senior Tycee Taylor’s four. Sadie Miller was Paonia’s top threat at the net with 12 kills.
Freshman Delilah Vasquez and senior Lyla Hayutin-Baril finished with three aces each in the match for Paonia.
Glaser was a wall at the net with her seven solo blocks and three assists with sophomore Izzy Houseweart adding one solo and four assisted blocks.
Vazquez was Hotchkiss’ dig leader with 11 followed by senior Dana Kiel and sophomore Lottie Hollembeak’s eight digs each. Dig leaders for the Eagles were juniors Ceylon Carter (18) and Taneal Mautz (11) and senior Paige Fister (10).
Junior Bella Brezonick had 18 assists for the Bulldogs and senior Carly Horn led the Eagles with 14 and Carter added another 12. Paonia senior Carly Horn led the Eagles with 14 assists with Carter contributing another 12.
Serve reception leaders for the Bulldogs included Vazquez with 30, Kiel with 23 and Hollembeak finished with 16. Mautz took the majority of serves for Paonia with 28 with Miller handling 13 serves and Baril another six.
Against Meeker on Oct. 5, the Bulldogs could not find the rhythm in straight set losses, 25-18, 25-17 and 25-11.
Hickam led Hotchkiss with five kills and six blocked shots. The Cowboys’ Julia Dinwiddie led both teams with 14 kills in the match.
Assist leaders for Hotchkiss were Brezonick (5) and Houseweart (4). Meeker’s assist leaders were Becca Steerman (20) and Addie Joy (19).
Brezonick’s five assists and Houseweart’s four paced the Bulldogs against Meeker while Kiel had 20 serve receptions with senior Ally Regelman (15) and Vazquez (13) contributed double-digit receiving numbers as well. Kirsten Brown had 20 receptions and Dinwiddie another 10 to pace Meeker’s reception leaders.
Paonia hosted Rangely Oct. 5, to close out the week. The Eagles won that contest 3-2 and sit in fourth place in the 2A/1A WSL standings with a 5-2 league record and 6-6 overall.
Paonia’s next competition is at North Park (2-6, 4-8), Oct. 11, (4 and 5 p.m.; no C team game) and in Walden for a Saturday match against Soroco’s Rams (4-3, 8-6). Game times are 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Hotchkiss (2-5, 4-10) has a pair of games on the road next week. The first contest is on Friday, Oct. 11, in Oak Creek against Soroco with game times set for 4 and 5 p.m. Saturday’s schedule has the Bulldogs in Walden to take on North Park’s Wildcats in games with 1 and 2 p.m. starting times.