The new North Fork High School volleyball team is getting it done.

The team participated in a tournament this past weekend and came away with two wins. On Aug. 28, the team won in five sets against Telluride, and won three sets against Dolores. The team is now 3-1, overall.

During the Telluride game the team mixed up its lineups and tried some new things with different girls in different positions. This worked in their favor.

“As a coach it was a big win for us knowing we could pull through and get a win with some different lineups and dynamics,” said coach Ce’rra Westerman.

The Telluride game sets were 25-12 (North Fork), 26-24 (North Fork), 25-20 (Telluride), 25-17 (Telluride), and 15-8 (North Fork).

Senior I. Miller-Barnes led the team with 9 kills. Juniors L. Ellenberger, Kacie McCollum and Delilah Vasquez along with seniors Izzy Houseweart and Araina VenJohn had 3 kills each. The team had a total of 13 aces served and 65 digs.

The coach said her team’s offense is getting there and they are getting to where they can use all of their hitters. The team is also learning a quicker offense which is new to the girls. They are used to high sets and a lot of timing to get to balls, so running a faster offense is definitely a big focus for this group, the coach added.

“We are improving each game offensively and statistically getting more and more kills with every game,” Westerman said. “We are working on converting offensively.”

In the Dolores game set scores were 28-26, 25-17 and 25-20 — North Fork taking all three.

Vasquez led the team with 9 kills, followed by Miller-Barnes with 6 and junior L. Ellenberger with 5. The team had 9 aces served and 42 digs.

The team continues to look to improve“A ‘big rock’ for our group is really controlling the serving and serve receive aspect of the game,” said Westerman. “There are times that we are serving really tough and passing well, and there’s times we are struggling a little bit with that piece. It will always be a work in progress but they are improving each day with those skills.”

The Miners play again Friday, Sept. 3, against Ridgway, and the following week they will travel to Denver and play in a tournament there.

“Our goals for upcoming games are staying focused and having a lot of energy,” Westerman said. “Learning to maintain focus will be a big part of our season and will play a big role in how successful we are.”

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