The Paonia Lady Eagles held on to their perfect record to win Saturday's district tournament at Paonia High School.
As district champions, Paonia will host one of eight regional tournaments this Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.
"It feels great, it's awesome," said senior Carson Pipher, who finished the three-match day with 39 kills, 93 attacks and 38 digs. Pipher completed 24 of those digs in the championship game against No. 2-seeded Meeker, a four-game match which Paonia won by a total of 17 points.
Paonia defeated West Grand in three sets. It opened its match against Hotchkiss with a first-set, 26-24 loss, then powered its way to three straight wins (25-13, 25-16, 25-12) to advance to the championship game against Meeker. Paonia had 12 service errors for the match, and opened with a 25-17 loss. It played to a 25-20 win in the second set, then squeaked by with a 25-23 win in the third. After taking an early lead, the Eagles let Meeker back in the game in the final set to tie the game at 13. Meeker, led by outside hitter Taylor Neilson, pulled ahead, 16-20 before Paonia came back to win the set, 26-24.
The matches were close, but Carson said the team enjoyed the challenge. "It was fun volleyball. I mean, close games are more fun than blowouts," said Pipher, who had 16 kills in the win. Morgan Hartigan added 17 kills, and Easton Hartigan put up five solo blocks in the win. Taylor Carsten had nine aces, 30 digs and 104 assists on the day.
Paonia will compete against West Grand and Nucla (11-11 overall, 4-4 San Juan League), which defeated Ridgway to advance to the regional tournament, for the Region C championship this Saturday.
The regional champions will advance to the Nov. 8-9 state championships in Denver.blog comments powered by Disqus