The Salida High School volleyball team played Buena Vista in a loud and rowdy red gym Thursday, Sept. 12.
Buena Vista won the match in three sets, 25-11, 25-18 and 25-18.
The rivalry night started with recognition of the seven seniors and their parents. The raucous student section followed with their all out support of the Lady Demons.
“We had great overall play by everyone and the girls played hard,” said Lacy Demons coach Jamie Page. “Tanner Richmond served extremely well and there was a lot of energy from the crowd.”
“They did play well,” said Salida head coach Haley Huffman. “I’m proud of them.”
She said the team’s offense was better this game, getting more kills and serving the ball better.
In the first set, however, not much went right for Salida, and the Lady Demons won it convincingly with the help of five aces.
“I don’t think they knew what to expect,” Huffman said. “They started slow, but got better.”
The students created an atmosphere for success and the girls produced, immediately dashing the hopes of the Lady Spartans.
The second and third sets were much tighter.
In the second set, junior Raley Patch got a kill to put Salida up 9-5, and a good play from sophomore Caitlyn Smith kept Salida in front, 13-11.
Buena Vista scored 8 straight points after that to take an 18-13 lead.
Senior Madie Patch eventually spiked the ball to the floor to end the streak, but Buena Vista kept attacking to win the set.
The first game win was the most convincing of the three for Buena Vista. From that point forward, the Volley Demons answered every short-lived Salida run with an impressive one of their own.
In the third set, Salida played its best volleyball of the night. “They started getting scrappy at the end,” Huffman said.
The rallies went longer and longer with both teams making plays to keep the ball alive. Buena Vista, however, was able to close out the game on top.
Buena Vista also won the C-team and junior varsity contests in straight sets.