Devils edge Broncos in five-set thriller
What goes around, comes around.
The San Juan Bronco volleyball team kicked off their season against the Grand County Red Devils on August 19.
San Juan came out strong, winning the first set 25-19. Grand came back with a vengeance taking the second set 25-9.
The third set found both teams fighting hard, with the Broncos falling to the Red Devils after a back-and-forth battle 29-27.
The Broncos never gave up though, pulling out the fourth set 25-23, only to fall in the final set 15-12.
Kinley Noyes led the Bronco offense with ten kills throughout the match, Macy Johnson had eight kills, followed by Bailey Brown and Kaeahliyah Howard with seven each.
Bailey Brown led the defense credited with 21 digs, followed by Macee Conway and Kinley Noyes with 16 digs each.
On the Red Devil side, the offense was led by setter Josalyn Murphy with 23 assists, four ace serves, three kills and 11 defensive digs.
Libero Paige Shumway had the most digs for the defense with 23 and Lainey Bohannon had 17 digs overall.
Alexis Carroll contributed with nine kills, Tenny Cook was credited with eight kills, followed by Madison Munger with seven kills over the match.
The real story came after the match, when the Red Devil team presented Bronco Coach Marci Black with a check, the result of fundraising efforts made the previous week at the Monticello vs. Grand football game. The Black family lost their husband and father unexpectedly.
Volleyball player, Paige Shumway led the fundraising efforts, organizing a hot dog or BBQ pork sale at the football game. She felt like paying it back/forward as the Bronco softball team had helped out her family the previous year with some health difficulties.
Brandy Shumway, mother of Paige, said, “Although San Juan and Grand are known to be rivals, it is amazing to see how they have such empathy for each other. It is pretty cool to see the service of both communities this past year.”
Logan Monson of Blanding posted on Facebook about the fundraiser and its results. He said, “I’m not sure the amount, but it led to the teams interacting with each other and spending time after the game. It was really a great thing to see.”
The Lady Broncos play at the Dixie Fly High Volleyball Tournament this weekend.