MEEKER | The slight pause in the schedule due to COVID didn’t stop the Meeker Cowboy volleyball team from climbing to the top stop in 2A. After missing three games, the Cowboys made up two of them last weekend, which made for a four game, four city, 341 mile volleyball weekend.
“Four matches, in three days, in four different towns is tough,” commented head coach Greg Cravens, “The girls got their fill of volleyball.”
The weekend began in Meeker against Vail Mountain, the second top 10 team the Cowboys have come up against this year.
The first game after the county went to COVID level green, it was a packed gym, “It was almost like it is back to normal, an incredible game,” said Cravens.
After a very slow start down two sets to zero, the Cowboys rallied, to win the game 3-2.
“Thursday was something special; the girls have faith in each other and they work very hard for each other,” commented Cravens.
After losses by Wiggins to Merino, and the win over Vail Christian by Meeker, the Cowboys climbed Saturday to the number two spot in the combined poll.
The top eight teams in class 2A will host a three team bracket for regionals on May 1, the winner of that tournament will go to state at NORCO on May 10-11. Only eight teams will make that trip.
After the barn burner on Thursday the team began their 341 mile journey to Olathe, Hotchkiss and ending at Grand Valley, they won nine sets to zero against these three teams, allowed 160 points to their 225, and moved up the the number one spot in 2A.
“This weekend the girls were tired against Grand Valley only passing 1.46,” commented Cravens, “that is a skill we need to continue to improve on. Our serving is good, we have 110 aces for the year.”
Looking at the league, only Vail Christian and Meeker remain as undefeated teams, however Meeker is 7-0 and Vail Christian has only played five games. Vail Christian remains the only team Meeker has left to take on in the top 25. Whereas they still have Soroco, Vail Mountain and Meeker left in their schedule. If both teams remain undefeated until they meet, the winner of their matchup will decide the league and that game is scheduled for Saturday, April 24 in Meeker.
The Cowboys now look forward to a game Saturday in Hayden, and then the final of the make up games Tuesday at home against North Park. Varsity is scheduled to begin at 6 pm against North Park.