The North Fork High School volleyball team split a pair of matches this week, with a sweep of league opponent Roaring Fork and a non-league loss to top-ranked Meeker.
The 25-19, 25-18, 25-20 win over the Rams (1-16, 0-7 3A Western Slope League) was powered by strong defense. Leia Ellenberger contributed on five of the team’s six blocks and the Miners (9-6, 4-1 3A WSL) had 54 digs without error. Payton Fister had a match-high 19 digs while Lottie Hollembeak had 10.
The offense was led by Delilah Vasquez, who had nine kills, and Kacie McCollum, who finished with eight. Izzy Houseweart led the way with 13 assists whiles Vianney Mendoza added seven. Princessa Mora had a match-high two aces, while Ellenberger, Mendoza and Indigo Miller-Barnes each had one.
The Rams committed 66 errors across all phases of the game and finished with only nine kills as a team.
The Miners then ran into Meeker, the top-ranked team in Class 2A. The Cowboys (14-0) are led by junior Emma Luce, who rained 28 of the team’s 41 kills down on North Fork. Meeker added in eight aces and 64 digs during the 25-18, 25-17, 25-13 sweep. The Cowboys have won 21 straight consecutive sets and have had only one match go to five sets — a 3-2 win over Delta.
North Fork has a trio of matches this week, starting with Olathe (9-3) at home on Tuesday. Start time is 5 p.m. The Miners then play host to league opponent Moffat County (8-7, 4-2 3A WSL), which is riding a two-match winning streak. They close out the weekend in another league match against Grand Valley (3-10, 1-4 3A WSL).