Valor girls start volleyball season 2-0

Win over Castle View is Eagles' second in a row


It was only the second volleyball match of the season for both teams, but Valor Christian High School looked sharper than Castle View in a 3-0 victory on Aug. 31.

Valor gained momentum with point runs in each set and rolled to 25-21, 25-13 and 25-14 set victories over the Castle Rock school's team in the match played at the Valor Christian gym in Highlands Ranch.

“I really appreciated the fact that everybody contributed and they contributed in a way that helped their teammates,” said Valor Christian coach Jayne McHugh.

Valor, ranked sixth in the Class 5A rankings on Aug. 30, improved to 2-0. The Eagles opened the season with a 3-2 win over No. 7 Legend of Parker and had a Sept. 2 match against third-ranked Cherry Creek of Greenwood Village.

Castle View, the Castle Rock school that launched the season with a win over Palmer of Colorado Springs, was ranked 10th in the Aug. 30 state rankings.

Junior Erin McNair paced the Valor attack with 11 kills and she finished with 21 digs. Stevie Vigil had 17 assists while Taylor Bowman and Grace Langer each had four blocks for the Eagles and Josie Hill was credited with three blocks.

“I would say overall that our blocking as a team was pretty good,” said McHugh. “This win will give us a little more confidence.”

Sophomore Paityn Champan led Castle View with 10 kills and a 58.8 kill percentage. Lexi Stege and Maren Cacciato each had five kills.

Rachel Greek had 12 digs for the Sabercats and Hannah Myhill's 12 assists was tops for Castle View.

“We fought really hard,” said Castle View coach Ericka Smith. “We have some things we are going to work on in practice like our passing and our defense. We have a little longer and we will be good.

“Paityn played really well. They really focused on her with their serving and she really pulled it together. She made some great kills and we had some great blocks. That was really nice.”


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