Volleyball: Basalt falls to Rams in five sets
If Tuesday’s five-set volleyball thriller between Basalt High School and Roaring Fork is a sign of where the rivalry is headed, it is a welcome change for the Longhorns.
While the 3-2 loss in Carbondale didn’t snap a losing streak that dates to 2008, according to MaxPreps, it was the closest Basalt has come to a win against Roaring Fork since most of the current varsity players were in elementary school.
“We showed up. It was great,” Basalt coach Kara Lindahl said. “The girls played amazing. This is what we’ve been working for, and the girls came out and left their heart and soul out there. It was a good game. Fun rivalry.”
Basalt made it as difficult as possible on itself in the early goings. The Longhorns trailed 12-6 in the first set, rallied to lead as late as 22-21, only to fall 25-23. The second set was much the same, with Basalt trailing big early (6-0) before rallying to take a late lead (22-21) and then lose, 25-22.
Down 2-0 in the match, it all clicked for Basalt in the third set, a 25-22 win in which it led by as much as seven points. That momentum carried into the fourth set, the Longhorns leading 7-2 before holding off a Roaring Fork rally to win 26-24.
“It’s a rollercoaster ride, but these girls, they know how to deal with it,” Lindahl said of the swing in momentum. “Our defense was strong the whole time, so we just kept pushing and we kept serving really well. We threw in a little bit of offense, and there you have a volleyball game.”
The fifth set belonged to the Rams. Roaring Fork jumped out to another 6-0 lead, and this time Basalt didn’t have enough time to rally for a third set, losing 15-6.
While it was yet another loss for Basalt (2-5 overall) to Roaring Fork (5-3), it’s the sort of loss Lindahl and the Longhorns can handle.
“I don’t think they ran out of steam. I think it was nerves. We’ve been conditioning, so the girls aren’t tired,” Lindahl said of the fifth set. “We’ve arrived. We are here. Basalt is here. The Longhorns are here to play volleyball. I think we showed everybody in the crowd.”
Basalt is next scheduled to compete Sept. 24 at home against Moffat County.
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