Prep Sports Preview: Steamboat volleyball heads to regionals, football travels to final game of season | SteamboatToday.com

Prep Sports Preview: Steamboat volleyball heads to regionals, football travels to final game of season

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs High School has had a successful fall season with a plethora of postseason appearances. The golf team placed second overall in state, while the tennis team qualified four athletes for state competition. The cross country team, despite jumping to a more competitive class, also qualified for state, placing runners Winter Boese and Maggi Congdon in the top 30. Now, the volleyball team remains the last team with hopes of state competition, traveling to Parker for a three-team regional on Saturday. Steamboat Springs football, although not a postseason contender, has seen visible improvement from last year, racking up three wins after a year of winning one game and another by forfeit.

  • No. 27 Steamboat Springs volleyball (14-8, 9-3)
    at No. 11 Ponderosa (15-8, 6-4), 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 
    vs. No. 14 Weld Central (19-4, 13-1) 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3
    The Sailors should feel confident entering its back-to-back matches with Ponderosa and Weld Central. Tournament losses early in the season may have dropped the Sailors in the standings, but they’ve notched wins over teams in their league ranked much higher. The Sailors defeated No. 13 Battle Mountain in both matches, while also going 1-1 against No. 10 Palisade, so competition with the top teams in the state are no stranger. The Sailors also come in with the most lethal outside hitter in Anna Allsberry, who has racked up 345 kills on a 39.7 percent efficiency. Ponderosa’s outside hitter Jordyn Miller is next best with 239 kills on a 37.4 efficiency. Weld Central’s Daniel Specht is next with 164 kills and 32.9 efficiency. Both Steamboat Springs and Ponderosa have the strongest blocking games, each eclipsing over 100 each, while Weld Central has struggled with front line defense. Both Ponderosa and Steamboat Springs pose a strong back line, but the Cardinal has a grand total of 1,007 digs to the Sailors’ 774, even though senior Katelyn Kline has taken the bulk of it with 297 digs to the Cardinal’s libero, Lexi Zadra, with 205. The one potential disadvantage the Sailors have is the fact they’re coming off a two-week break, whereas the Cardinal and Rebels have stayed in rhythm of competition in the past week. The Sailors will have to win the regional to advance to state, playing back to back with its toughest competition first. If they can stay in routine, there’s a chance they’ll make it down to Denver.
  • Steamboat Springs football (3-6, 1-3) 
    vs. Glenwood Springs (4-5, 3-1) 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 
    The Sailors are looking to finish the season off on a high note with a win over the second-best team in the Western Slope League. Steamboat Springs saw success in the passing game last week against Eagle Valley, notching 257 yards receiving, including a stand-out performance by senior Lowen Epstein at wide receiver, who had eight catches for 251 yards. What’s remained consistent for the Sailors is their running game behind Austin Ban and Finn Russell. Both had over 100-yards in the game against Eagle Valley and have over 600 total rushing yards each this season. The Demons’ main weapon on offense is senior Gavin Olson, who has 700 yards and averages 87.5 per game. Both teams are outside of playoff contention in the RPI standings, but the Demons are only two spots away from the top 16.

To reach Leah Vann, call 970-871-4253, email lvann@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @LVann_Sports

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