The Lady Eagles appear to be firing on all cylinders after blanking three teams last week. Paonia opened the week on Sept. 3, with a 3-0 win over Delta (see related story).
On Friday, they celebrated Homecoming Week with a win over Grand Valley.
Carson Pipher scored on 13 kills and Jessie Holt made 21 serves with no errors in their 3-0 win over the Lady Cardinals (25-17, 25-13, 25-16).
Paonia 3, Delta 0
Last year, Paonia squeaked by Delta with a 3-2 win in volleyball. This year, the Lady Eagles emerged the clear winners after shutting out the Lady Panthers last Tuesday night.
Paonia made short work of its guests in game one, taking an early 15-2 lead and wrapping up the first set with a 25-14 win.
Set No. 2 was more back-and-forth, and was tied up at 5-5 before Paonia broke away with a 16-8 lead.
Delta opened with a 5-2 lead in set 3, then scored seven straight points to lead 12-4. They managed to hold the lead, but Paonia came back to score eight straight points and tie the game up at 18-18.
The Lady Eagles pulled ahead for a 25-19 win.
"The team as a whole played extremely well against Delta," said coach Krista Carsten. "Easton had a great match ... and was incredibly aggressive offensively and was putting up a mean block."
Hartigan also completed 15 serves and five aces with no errors for Paonia, and Jessie Holt completed 15 serves for two aces and no errors.
PHS 3, PV 0
On Saturday, Easton Hartigan had four blocks and Claire Tracy completed 12 digs in Paonia's 3-0 win over the Lady Cowboys (25-15, 25-12, 25-17) at Collbran. The win came at the end of Homecoming Week.
"Great week for them considering it was homecoming week," said head coach Krista Carsten. "Against Plateau Valley we never really could get into a strong groove." In game one the Eagles were up 20-4 and had "a little lapse in intensity." They lapsed again in the third set, "But we were able to refocus and get a solid win."
Pipher, who "just keeps getting stronger and more consistent on the outside," had 14 kills, all from outside, said Carsten.
With the exception of North Park, which has played only one match, Paonia remains the only undefeated team in the 1A/2A Western Slope League. Paonia will host its first league match of the season against Vail Mountain (1-1 overall) this Friday at 6 p.m. On Saturday, they host Meeker (1-4 overall, 1-0 WSL) in a non-league match, beginning at 1 p.m.
Paonia will host the annual rivalry against Hotchkiss on Sept. 17.blog comments powered by Disqus