BHS tops Roaring Fork |

BHS tops Roaring Fork

G. Sean Kelly
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Roaring Fork's setter Carly Velasquez (22) taps one over the net past an attempted block by Basalt's Robin Child during BHS's win over RFHS Tuesday evening. Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox.

The Basalt High School volleyball team is getting these five-game matches figured out.

The Longhorns won the final two games to defeat Roaring Fork 3-2 (25-21, 16-25, 18-25, 25-11, 15-10) in a nonleague contest between the rival Class 3A Western Slope League squads Tuesday evening at Roaring Fork High School.

“They seem to like it,” said Basalt coach Billy Miller of his team, which improved to 3-1 in five-game matches. “It’s exciting. It gives the coaches a heart attack, but it’s exciting.”

After rolling to nine- and seven-point victories in games two and three, Roaring Fork seemed to have the momentum and the scoreboard on its side heading into the fourth game.

The Rams, however, wouldn’t enjoy another lead in the match.

After giving up the first four points of the fourth game, Roaring Fork crept back within two points to trail 7-6.

Then it was Robin Child’s turn to serve.

The Longhorn senior rattled off 11 consecutive points from the back line, including an ace and a trio of unreturnable serves.

The run was aided by a Lauren Redfern kill and some miscommunication on the Roaring Fork side of the net.

“We’re a young team, and we made some mistakes,” Roaring Fork coach Karen Crownhart said. “It’s all a learning process. They played with heart.”

The run put Basalt up 19-6, and the Longhorns rolled to a 14-point victory to even the match at 2-all.

Roaring Fork never led in the fifth game but did keep the Longhorns within three points for the first two-thirds of the game.

Serving was again the difference down the stretch.

With Basalt leading 12-10, Roaring Fork was charged with an illegal hit to fall back to 13-10. Then Redfern launched two blistering serves over the net, neither of which the Rams could handle, to close out the match.

“The game came down to the backcourt defense and serving,” Miller said.

With the win, Basalt improves to 12-4 overall. Roaring Fork drops to 7-5. Basalt wraps up its regular season Friday with a contest at Olathe, while Roaring Fork plays at home against Eagle Valley on Friday and has its regular-season finale Saturday at Olathe.

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