Local spikers finish third at regional tournament | AspenTimes.com

Local spikers finish third at regional tournament

Aspen Times Staff

Aspen High juniors Kyla Walter and Paige Cottrell helped their club volleyball team to a third-place finish at a regional tournament in Lakewood over the weekend.Walter and Cottrell play on the Front Range Volleyball Club’s U17 team, which practices in Edwards and consists of players from Pitkin, Garfield, Eagle and Summit counties. The club plays in USA Volleyball’s Rocky Mountain Region.Walter and Cottrell’s team got off to a slow start in its first best-of-three match Saturday, losing to a team from Scottsbluff, Neb. The team then rebounded to win its second match, 2-0, against Morgan County. In the first game, Morgan County’s juniors jumped out to a 20-13 lead before the Front Range team went on a 12-2 run. Walter’s blocking and Cottrell’s digs were both instrumental in the comeback. Morgan County jumped out to a 19-14 lead in the second game, but again the Front Range team pulled together defensively and surged to a 25-22 win.The Front Range U17s then knocked off the Flex Volleyball Club of Boulder, 2-1, to earn a matchup with Highlands Ranch in the consolation final. The match went to a third game, which the Front Range U17s won, 25-22, to finish third in the tournament.

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