ARVADA — Evergreen volleyball turned to its sister tandem of Claudia and Hayley Dillon to seal an impressive road victory Thursday night at Ralston Valley High School. Claudia, senior and …
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ARVADA — Evergreen volleyball turned to its sister tandem of Claudia and Hayley Dillon to seal an impressive road victory Thursday night at Ralston Valley High School.
Claudia, senior and University of Missouri commit, and junior Hayley combined for a dozen kills and a couple of key blocks in the decisive 27-25 fourth-set victory for the Cougars (3-2 record).
“We didn’t say anything like get us (Dillon sisters) the ball, but I think everyone knows if Hayley or myself, or anyone else, get on a roll to just go to them,” Claudia said after the Cougars’ 3-1 victory. “Hayley was unstoppable on the front row. Once either of us got to the front row they just fed us the ball.”
Ralston Valley (2-2) actually grabbed a 25-17 first-set win to start off the non-league match against Evergreen, ranked No. 8 in last week’s Class 4A volleyball CHSAANow.com poll. The Mustangs were led by seniors Natasha Eberle, Madeline Fitchett and junior Laurel Kelly in the opening set.
First-year coach Jess Sponenberg had the Mustangs off to a great start, but Evergreen won the next three sets 25-22, 25-18 and 27-25 to get the win.
“We’ve been working really hard on keeping other teams’ runs to a minimum,” Evergreen’s first-year coach Gail Andrews said. “That was really our focus in practice all week. I think that really helped us tonight.”
The domination and powerful spikes by Claudia and Hayley in the final three sets really changed the momentum. However, it took a full team effort to hold off Ralston Valley from forcing a fifth set.
On the final point Evergreen senior Skylar Gale’s serve eventually found the hand of Ralston Valley junior Marisa Jergensen for a spike attempt from the outside. Evergreen junior Gillian Hoerman was able block Jergensen’s hit to end the match.
“If you let those runs get to big you are kind of out of the game. We wanted to stop those runs and get a couple of our own,” Claudia said of the final set. “It was probably tighter than I would have liked it to be, but it was fun to see everyone pushed to the edge.”
“We are ready for league to start,” Claudia said before opening 4A Jeffco League play Sept. 11 against Wheat Ridge.
Ralston Valley is gearing up for its 5A Jeffco League opener Sept. 20 against rival Pomona.
Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist for Jeffco Public School with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go to CHSAANow.com/Jeffco.
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