Steamboat Springs volleyball gets back on track with win against Eagle Valley

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— Here is something new in Western Slope League volleyball: absolute parity.

After years of a couple of top-end teams dominating league play, it appears the league race is wide open. And it makes games like Friday’s tilt with Steamboat and Eagle Valley all the more fun.

After falling Thursday to Glenwood Springs, Steamboat rebounded nicely Friday, picking up a 3-0 win.

Steamboat won, 25-23, 25-20 and 25-22.

The league has been “strange in that way,” Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said. “There definitely isn’t a front-runner. It makes it a lot of fun. But there also isn’t a team that is a guaranteed win. It’s fun that way.”

Glenwood, Delta and Palisade sit atop the league with Steamboat and Eagle Valley battling for the fourth spot, but only three games separate Glenwood from Steamboat and Eagle Valley.

“Everybody is tough,” Eagle Valley coach Shawn Weatherred said, “but everybody is beatable.”

On Friday, marking the Sailors’ homecoming, it was the home team that took advantage early.

Steamboat was able to get over Thursday’s disappointment against Glenwood and channel its emotions into a big early lead.

The Sailors led 6-0 before the Devils started to chip away.

Steamboat was much more efficient hitting the ball Friday after registering just 24 kills in 116 attempts Thursday.

Eagle Valley also struggled passing the ball and never could build any momentum.

“We didn’t score enough points,” Weatherred said in the obvious statement of the night. “You have to earn points, and tonight we didn’t earn enough.”

The Devils first lead came in the third game, when they led 6-5.

Steamboat, however, squashed any momentum, thanks in large part to the work of outside hitter and senior Alex Feeley.

Feeley, who was frustrated in the early half of Friday’s games, bounced back with her defense. Eventually, she started to get her offense going in the third game, with her biggest kill finishing off the night.

“The team will feed off of her one way or the other,” Hall said. “It’s a big responsibility for her, but she’s handling it.”

Steamboat improved to 7-6 overall and 3-3 in league play. Eagle Valley fell to 2-6 and 2-4.

Steamboat next plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home against Battle Mountain. Eagle Valley plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Palisade.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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