DHS volleyball loses its SWL streak

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After 19 consecutive wins inside the Southwestern League, the Durango High School volleyball team fell 3-0 on Saturday at Fruita Monument, the Demons’ first SWL loss since Oct. 16, 2010, against Grand Junction Central.

Durango (11-5, 6-1 SWL) had 10 service errors, and the Wildcats’ service game gave the Demons fits as they tried to set up their typically potent offensive attack.

“(Saturday) we missed 10 serves, so it’s hard to get momentum when you constantly get in a rut,” senior McKenna Franzen said in a phone interview with The Durango Herald from Fruita.

Franzen led DHS with nine kills to go with 10 digs, and Bella Bernazzani had seven digs. Hannah Quick returned from an ankle injury to chip in five kills and six digs. Kennedy Clark led the way with 20 digs, while Natalie Bulen had 27 assists.

Franzen was quick to credit the Wildcats’ game plan but also added the DHS defense didn’t scramble as well as it typically does.

“They knew what they needed to do to catch us off guard, and we just weren’t really scrambling the entire match,” Franzen said. “We could never really get on top of it.”

Fruita Monument (13-4, 8-1 SWL) took a two-game lead in the win column on DHS in the SWL title race. Durango, however, has two games in hand as the Demons seek their third league crown in a row.

Fruita Monument has one remaining league match on its schedule; Durango will finish its SWL schedule on the road against Montrose and Grand Junction Central next weekend.