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Bruins overpower Basalt in three sets

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Photo by Nathan Clay Sophomore Baylee Harris serves up a monster running, jumping ball. Basalt had difficulty dealing with the sheer power brought to the court by the Bruins.

Cedaredge varsity volleyball was dominant in their game against the Basalt Longhorns on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Cedaredge High School. The Bruins defeated Basalt in three quick sets.

The first set ended with a score of 25-10. Cedaredge was ruthless in attack, allowing a side out only a handful of times. The second set was slightly closer in scoring, ending 13-25 in favor of the Bruins. Cedaredge's aerial ability was on display with kills from nearly the entire team. The Longhorns had real trouble dealing with the voracity of the spikes being sent their way. The third set ended with the same scoreline, 13-25. Once again the Bruins proved too much for the opposition with the sheer power of their attack. Time and again Basalt would get to a ball in time but could not return it with any control due to the power of the hits from the Bruins.

The Bruins are a young team with a lot of room still to improve and gel. Courtney Freeman is the lone senior on the varsity squad. Hannah Carlson, Makayla Kehmeier and Reganne McIntire are all juniors. Three sophomores and a freshman round out the varsity numbers. Head coach Heather Dunbar undoubtedly sees this youthful aspect as an opportunity to improve the team play, and capitalize on the experience of the returning members next season.

Cedaredge is sitting at 10th in the state 3A rankings. The team currently boasts a record of 10-1 and will no doubt look to add another tally mark in the win column when they play local rivals Paonia at home on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. The Eagle vs. Bruin matchup promises to be a raucous time, with both sets of fans very active and vocal in support of their volleyball ladies.

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