A league title made easy

DHS volleyball locks up a co-title and a playoff berth in a 3-set W

The Demons made wrapping up a league title look easy.

The Durango High School volleyball team beat Grand Junction Central in three games Saturday morning – 25-17, 27-25, 25-15 – winning its final Southwestern League match of the regular season and locking up a co-league championship alongside Class 5A Fruita Monument.

Both the Wildcats and the Class 4A Demons are 9-1 in the SWL, with their only losses coming to each other earlier in year – first when Durango beat Fruita Monument in three games in September, then when the Wildcats snapped the Demons’ 19-game SWL streak in three games Oct. 13.

Both SWL leaders are done with league play after the Demons’ dominating performance against the Warriors on Saturday, which also locked up a playoff berth.

“We knew coming into this match that we really needed to put our best foot out and make a statement, and we did,” DHS setter Natalie Bulen said in a phone interview with The Durango Herald.

Bulen led the team with 33 assists, setting up plenty of kills for Bella Bernazzani, who led the team with 10. Jessie Brammer had eight and McKenna Franzen seven.

“Everyone was clicking,” Bulen said. “Our passes were on, our sets were on, and our hits were on. The whole net was spread throughout the game.”

On defense, Kennedy Clark led the team with 19 digs.

“There was not one place on the court that was weak during that game,” Bulen said.

“Everyone on the team got to play an ample amount of time, which is really exciting.”

DHS (14-5) will wrap its regular season with the Cheyenne Mountain Tournament starting Friday in Colorado Springs.

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