The defense for the North Fork High School volleyball team is still going strong.

The Miners secured a sweep over Basalt last Tuesday before falling to Aspen 3-1 on Saturday.

Against the Longhorns, several players made big contributions on defense.

Indigo Miller-Barnes contributed on six blocks, while Izzy Houseweart and Leia Ellenberger chipped in on three blocks each.

The digs came in bunches as well. Delilah Vasquez – who also led the team with 14 kills — finished with 17 digs. Princessa Mora and Payton Fister had 15 digs apiece, while Lottie Hollembeak finished with 13 digs.

“Our defense was still solid,” North Fork coach Ce’rra Westerman said. “They were able to dig balls and shut down their big hitters, while taking care of business offensively.”

In the 3-1 loss to Aspen, Westerman said the team’s defensive discipline was lacking because of the Skiers’ multiple talented hitters. She added that the team had some uncharacteristic service errors, chalking it up to a singular inconsistent performance.

The offense was paced by Kacie McCollum, who had 18 kills, while Miller-Barnes added 10 kills. The Miners had six blocks, with three each contributed upon by Miller-Barnes and Ellenberger.

Still, Westerman said the team’s defense should travel well in the postseason. The Miners are ranked No. 23 in the latest Colorado High School Activities Association RPI rankings for Class 3A, likely sending them on a road trip for the regional round of the playoffs.

Westerman said the team has experience with overnight trips and that the team is driven to perform well in the playoffs.

“We’re going to do as much as we can to create a normal environment,” Westerman said. “We’re going to get them in the gym a long time before they have to play and do all the things we have to do to get them ready. They understand that’s it’s not a leisure trip, it’s a business trip.”

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