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Volleyball: Skiers serve up victory at home

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Aspen's Lacey Newhard tips against the block of Basalt's Monica Maldonado and Savy Cheatham during this week's match at the AHS Skierdome.
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The Aspen High School volleyball team stepped back in time for its first win of the season.

The Skiers, after opening last weekend at the Delta Tournament, returned home to the unique confines of the Skierdome for the first home match of the season against rival Basalt on Tuesday night.

With the main gymnasium at Aspen High School undergoing floor repairs from the summer water accident, the AHS volleyball team returned to the historic Skierdome where all of the Aspen teams played until the new gym opened in the early 2000s.

The familiar dome and an appreciative (and loud) crowd jettisoned the Skiers to a 3-0 win over the visiting Longhorns – 25-13, 25-19, 25-23.

“That was a contribution by all tonight. Everybody played tonight,” Aspen head coach Matt Bergdahl said. “To win in three (sets), and have everybody contributing is a big deal on any team. I’m pretty excited.”

He said the Skiers stumbled a bit in the third set as the Longhorns scrambled in an attempt to force a fourth set.

“We wanted to keep the intensity up,” Bergdahl said of the final pressure-packed points in the 25-23 third-set win. The Skiers led by five before a late Basalt rally cut the margin to 24-23.

Aspen’s Kaya Storm had a block at the net for game point, match point. She had opened the third set with a kill.

The Skiers’ second-set surge came from Katy Miller, Nicole Bransom, Claire Boronski and Julia Boronski.

“We’re vastly improved this year,” Bergdahl said. “We’ve got some athletes.”

He said the members of the team are very supportive of each other creating a strong practice environment.

“This is a very cohesive group,” Bergdahl said. “We’ve got some offense this year that we didn’t have in years past.”

The AHS varsty also had contributions from the likes of Mackenzie Miller, Lacey Newhard, Leelah Ahumada, Joelle Goodman, Liza Vechiarello and Kendall Anderson.

The Skiers improved to 1-4 with the win over Basalt. At the Delta Tournament last weekend, the AHS volleyball team lost to Gunnison 3-2, Montezuma-Cortez 3-1, Delta 3-0 and Pagosa Springs 3-0.

Bergdahl, for his part, was happy to be back in the Skierdome for volleyball.

“I love the Skierdome,” he said. “You can see the intensity.”

Basalt, using a deep rotation, came back strong in the second and third sets after dropping the opener.

The Longhorns went on a 6-1 run late in the second set before falling 25-19.

And they nearly forced another set with a big comeback in the third set.

Basalt outscored Aspen 9-4. But the final push came up just short 25-23.

Basalt moved to 1-9 on the season. The Longhorns’ victory came against Hotchkiss.

The Basalt volleyball team includes Monica Maldonado, Alyssa Maniscalchi, Margarita Alvarez, Savy Cheatham, Oriah Clarke, MacKenzie Bauer, Carsyn Knotts, Kaylin Williams, Caitlin Robinson and Megan Sherry.

They are coached by Kara Lindahl.

The Aspen volleyball team is back in action Thursday at Roaring Fork in Carbondale.



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