Crested Butte volleyball wins on the road in straight sets

Catch their final game of the season Thursday at 5 p.m.

By Than Acuff 

After a thrilling five-set win over Custer County last week, the Crested Butte Titans volleyball team continued their winning ways as they took down the Mountain Valley Wolves on the road in straight sets on Saturday, October 21.

“We rarely win in three and whenever we can pull out a win it’s good,” says coach Marla Covey.

Despite the debilitating effects of travel on the road and a couple of missing players, Crested Butte opened the match on the pedal to cruise to a 25-7 opening set win.

“We seemed ready to play,” says Covey. “We got other players into the game and everyone worked together.”

Mountain Valley shook off their slow start to put up more of a battle in the second set, but Crested Butte remained in the driver’s seat to win 25-16. Things did turn in Mountain Valley’s favor for a moment in the third set taking a slim lead on the Titans before Crested Butte shut it down to take the third set 25-16 and win the match.

“We stayed calm and played our game,” says Covey. 

It was the Titans’ third win in a row and while their record remains below .500 on the season, they are three wins ahead of where they were this time last season.

“Overall, this season is on an upward trend from last year,” says Covey. “They’re getting the team concept, playing together and are competitive on every point. I’m happy with the way they’ve played the last three games.”

The Titans spent Tuesday on the road hoping to get their fourth win in a row and then close out the season at home when they host the Gunnison Cowboys on Thursday, October 26 at 5 p.m. in mighty Mt. Olympus. The Cowboys are currently 16-2 and ranked ninth in the state in 3A.

“It will be tough, but we always play hard when we play Gunnison which is all I can ask,” says Covey.

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