Lady Cowboys dominate West Grand Tournament

West Grand Tournament champs: (Back) Kirsten Brown, Allison Moon, Michaela Jones, Krissie Luce, Caleigh Morlan, Julia Dinwiddie and Sydnie Main. (Front): Kolbi Franklin, Addie Joy, Kassie Luce and Lila Klinglesmith. DEVIN NEFF PHOTO

MEEKER | The Class 2A, number one ranked, Meeker Lady Cowboy volleyball team was on the road again this past weekend, dominating the West Grand Tournament. “It was a good weekend,” said head coach Greg Cravens, “Friday, we started a little slow but played well enough to get two victories. Saturday the team came out ready to play. They picked up the energy on the court and played every ball with passion and pride.”
Currently 5-0 for the season the team has high hopes of making it all the way.
“There are some aspects of our game I’m very pleased with at this time of the season. Our serving and offense is coming along nicely. I would like us to be more consistent passing in serve receive,” Cravens said.
The round robin tournament allowed the lady Cowboys four games of play to Gilpin County, Peyton, Sanford and Cedaredge. With not a single set loss in any of the four games they won all 3-0. Handing Sanford their first loss on the tournament, another team ranked in the top ten for 2A, the volleyball season is off to an amazing start.
Power at the net throughout the tournament came from Krissie Luce who led the team in attacking with 37 kills. Other strong attackers, clearing the double digits in kills were Julie Dinwiddie, Kassie Luce, Sydnie Main and Caleigh Morlan. “I’m pleased with our offense,” Cravens said. “Having six players with double figures in kills with only five matches is impressive.”
“Kassie is doing a great job of spreading the ball around. It would be very hard to try to set up a defense against us.”
Dinwiddie added to the defensive net position in blocking with eight blocks for the tournament.
Cravens added, “We are not a very big team and blocking was a weakness for us last season. We have changed a few things in our block form and I think we will getting better as the season goes on.”
Varsity, JV, and C team volleyball will see action Friday on the road at Vail Christian, C team beginning at 4:30 p.m. and then home Saturday against Vail Mountain C team beginning at 3 p.m.

By Tiffany Jehorek | Special to the Herald Times