Aspen spikers correct mistakes, down Titans
PEACH VALLEY – They are playing in a new league, and against new teams with more specialized athletes. It almost seems unfair that Coal Ridge’s volleyball team has to deal with the conditions. Yet, the Titans continue to show improvement in their second year.Aspen exited the gym with a 3-0 win (25-23, 25-18, 25-15), but the victory wasn’t a cakewalk.The Titans (1-1 league, 3-3 overall) tied the first game with the Skiers six times and were on line to take the opening game when Chloe Nelson nailed a service ace for a 23-22 lead.”I think we kind of surprised Aspen,” said Titans head coach Denise Greene. “They didn’t expect us to have very much. We came out fired up and played real consistent and Aspen made a lot of errors, which kept the game really tight.”Errors the more-experienced Skiers corrected after squeaking out a win.Three quick winners by outside hitter Brittany Zanin gave Aspen the opportunity to take a 12-5 midway through the second game. Coal Ridge shaved down the lead, but failed to make a run on Aspen the rest of the match.The difference came from the Skiers’ frontline of Haley Ortmann, Kyla Walter and Zanin. Together, the three hitters combined for 25 of Aspen’s points in the contest.”They have some real good hitters on the outside and we haven’t seen that yet in league,” Greene said. “So it was good experience for my team to see what an [opposing] team looks like when they have a real good setter and outside hitters.” Nelson had the best offensive performance for Coal Ridge, finishing with seven kills, three blocks and three aces. Callie Schlegel added four kills with two blocks. Setter Sierra Grove contributed two aces along with a kill and one block.Greene said the difference between the 3A Western Slope and the 2A Western Slope is overall play.”The 3A league is real strong and has a lot of good teams,” she said. “Where in the 2A league you see one really strong team. The rest are average to mid-average. We’re getting used to that and I have a group of girls who are not afraid of getting on the court with anybody. I think we’re going to be competitive, and come around districts time, we’ll be ready.”
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