Volleyball: Boyd sweeps region semifinal

By Ian Bromley | Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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LISTEN UP – Boyd coach Dusty Crafton talks with her team during a break in the action Friday against Alpine. Photo by Reece Nations

Coming into Friday’s match, the Boyd Lady Jackets were riding the wave of emotion from beating Peaster in a top-10 showdown and making their first trip to the region tournament.

And in the 3A Region I semifinal, Boyd proved too much for the Alpine Lady Bucks to handle.

Led by the scoring efforts of juniors Macee Valtr and Jordyn Todd and senior Jacey Cate, the Lady Jackets secured the match in just three games (25-18, 25-18, 25-21) to move within a match of the state tournament.

Valtr led the team with 18 kills, followed by Todd’s 14 and Cate’s nine.

Cate was also big on defense, scarcely allowing points right over the top when she climbed the ladder.

Crafton was pleased with the outcome of the game, but knows there’s plenty ahead of this team with state tournament aspirations.

“They’re (the Lady Bucks) a tough team, and they showed it tonight. We came in with our gameplan and implemented it like we had previously and had faith in it,” Crafton said.

“We expect every game to be played tough; none of these games are taken for granted. We expect it to stay like this for as long as we continue to take the court.”

The Lady Jackets played disciplined defense, never giving up on a play no matter the difficulty, and kept multiple plays alive that looked doomed at first glance.

Tori Pellegrini had a pair of aces.

She and Macey McCune also kept the offense churning with their setting. Even when Boyd had a misfire, it bounced back without missing a beat.

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