Centauri tops Monte Vista, stays perfect

Centauri junior Isabel Prieto (7) sets a ball for her teammates. Prieto wound up with 8 aces in the Tuesday evening tilt.

MONTE VISTA— Tuesday evening the Centauri (8-0) volleyball squad went into Monte Vista (1-9) and knocked off the Pirates 3 sets to none.

Monte Vista came into this matchup with a 1-8 record their lone victory coming against The Vanguard School of Colorado Springs. The Falcons sported an untarnished record of 7-0 recently getting a victory over league opponent Alamosa.  Last year yielded a similar result with Centauri then as now taking the match 3 sets to none.

Centauri got things going immediately and took the first set picking up points in clusters with a 6 point lead turning into an 11 point lead before going on a 10 point run to close out the set 25-4. Isabel Prieto and Madison Sowards led the Falcons with 5 aces and 2 kills respectively on that first set.

Monte Vista senior Maria Barbosa (10) gets some rare air for a spike in the third set of the 3-0 loss to Centauri.

Monte Vista pushed back a little on the second set going on a 5-point run to make the score 11-18 But a strong effort from Centauri’s Kaitlyn Quinlin who tallied 8 digs kept the Falons in control ultimately taking the second set 25-14.

Monte Vista battled for the 3rd set going on a 7-point run to take a 9-5 lead. However the Pirates had a hard time keeping things going picking up points one at a time and while the third set was closer, they still found themselves on the wrong end of a 25-17 set to wrap things up 3-0.  

Centauri sophomore Kaitlin Quinlan zones in for a dig in the third set of the Tuesday night win. Quinlan ended her day with 19 digs.

Three more aces in the third set from Prieto took her to a team leading 7 on the night. Ember Canty, Madison Sowards and Caroline Van Berkem who each had three shared the lead in kills for Centauri. Both teams will be in action again on Saturday Sept. 23rd at 6 p.m. The Falcons will take their game on the road this weekend when they travel to face Pagosa Springs as for Monte Vista they’ll get to stay home when Montezuma-Cortez comes to visit.