Basalt’s run ends in semis |

Basalt’s run ends in semis

Basalt’s finest volleyball season in recent history came to an end Saturday against No. 1 seed Eagle Valley in semifinals of the 3A Western Slope League district tournament at Grand Junction Central High School.

After beating Aspen High in five games Friday night and Gunnison in three-straight games Saturday morning, the No. 2 seeded Lady Longhorns stumbled against No. 3 Hotchkiss, losing in three games.

That loss sent Basalt to the semifinals as the second seed from their pool, behind No. 1 Hotchkiss, to face Eagle Valley, which was undefeated in their pool.

Playing for the right to advance to the finals, and a berth to the Class 3A regional tournament, Basalt lost 18-25, 22-25, 22-25.

“We were close to staying with them. They just had a little more power from the outside than we did,” said first-year Basalt coach Billy Miller.

Basalt finished its season at 16-6 overall, lightyears away from last year’s 4-15 record.

“To have such a good thing end, it was tough for us,” Miller said. “But it was a pretty good run, and they put up a great effort against Eagle Valley.”

Basalt seniors Robin Child and Lauren Redfern led with nine and seven kills, respectively, against Eagle Valley.

“I think they were starting to get used to [success], and I think they learned how to play together a little more this year,” Miller said. “There were a lot of games that we pushed through and won this year, and that didn’t really happen last year. We made tremendous progress this year.”

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