Steamboat volleyball loses to Eagle Valley for 1-1 day

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Alex Lassa recorded 34 kills Saturday to lead Eagle Valley to a 3-2 win against Steamboat Springs in a pivotal battle for first place in the Western Slope League’s volleyball standings.

Eagle Valley won the seesaw battle, 25-18, 26-28, 25-15, 19-25 and 15-11. Lassa, who has committed to play at Rutgers next year, was the difference as she rallied the Devils from a 6-3 deficit in Set 5 with 5 kills.

The win moved Eagle Valley into a tie for first in the Western Slope League along with Palisade at 5-1. Steamboat and Delta are a game back at 4-2. Steamboat is 9-4 overall.

Meghan Rabbitt lead Steamboat with 16 kills and four blocks. Maggie Stanford had eight kills and five blocks, while Amy Brodie had four kills and eight blocks.

Despite the loss, Sailors coach Wendy Hall was pleased with her team’s efforts on the day. On Saturday morning, the Sailors beat Battle Mountain in straight sets.

“I’m really happy that we fought. We battled them to the end. We just made a few more errors than they did,” Hall said. “Overall, it was a positive day. We played the first half of the league schedule on the road, and we’re in second place. You would think we’d get an advantage being at home in the second half.”

On Saturday morning, the Sailors beat Battle Mountain, 25-21, 29-27, 25-19. Rabbitt had seven kills, and Nikki Fry had four kills and five blocks. Libero Kailee Duryea was nearly perfect passing.

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