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Delta volleyball team back on right track

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Photo by Wayne Crick Delta's Madi Gieck puts a scoring swing on the ball against Central last week in Delta. The Panthers won the match 3-1.

After beginning the season with a disappointing loss to Montrose Aug. 23, Delta's Panthers kicked off this past week with a 3-1 win over visiting Grand Junction Central. The wins kept coming over the weekend in Gunnison with a three-game tournament schedule.

In Delta's win over Central on Tuesday (Aug. 28) junior Sara Geddes paced a trio of players with 12 kills against the Warriors. Senior Lauren Davey and freshman Erika Kuta finished the night with 11 kills each.

Kuta generated six points for the Panthers on service aces with Davey leading Delta at the net with four blocks. Junior Haylin McCulloch had 30 digs with senior Mimi Lousignont and Geddes credited with 13 digs each.

Senior Abby Carlson finished the match with 36 assists and McCulloch had 22 service receptions with junior Madi Gieck next with 17.

The Panthers controlled set one early then held on for a 25-22 win. Central won set two by the same score, 25-22, to keep the match even. The Panthers stormed to a 7-1 lead in set three and used Davey's kill shot to win the set, 25-17.

Delta rode an early lead in set four to control play and win the set, 25-19, to earn a 3-1 match victory.

On Saturday, the Panthers were in Gunnison for an annual tournament competition Delta has attended for several years. Though there were no stats from four matches played, the Panthers defeated Norwood, Salida, Gunnison and Dove Creek to raise their overall season record to 5-1.

Delta's next court action is in Gunnison for a 6 p.m. contest against the Cowboys. On Sept. 11, Delta is in Paonia for another 6 p.m. match and finishes the week on Thursday at Grand Valley (6:30 p.m.) and hosts Moffat County on Saturday for matches at 3, 4 and 5 p.m.

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