Danelle’s Team stays undefeated with 2-0 win over ODI | SummitDaily.com

Danelle’s Team stays undefeated with 2-0 win over ODI

Summit Daily/Reid Williams Danelle Hood, left, tries to slide a hit past the block of Mike Stecher Wednesday night at the Silverthorne Recreation Center. Hood's rec league team slid past Stecher's ODI team in two games.

SILVERTHORNE – With a convincing 2-0 (25-15, 25-17) win over Old Dillon Inn on Wednesday night, Danelle’s Team remained unbeaten in the Silverthorne Coed Rec Volleyball League and looks like a powerhouse in the making.”They’re really good,” said Jerry Karl, whose leaping blocks helped keep the scores respectable for ODI. Despite being assembled just three weeks ago, Danelle’s Team showed great chemistry throughout the match by setting up often for kills and communicating like longtime teammates. They improved their record to 5-0 with the win over ODI in week 3 play at the Silverthorne Rec Center.”None of us had ever played together before this season,” said team leader Danelle Hood.

On Wednesday’s test with ODI, Hood added: “This was one of the more challenging matches we’ve had.”Hood’s team took command early in game 1, jumping ahead 5-0 and never looking back. Led by its namesake’s athletic digs and Thadd Hargadine’s powerful kills, Danelle’s cruised to the 10-point victory.The league consists of eight teams who play twice each Wednesday for a total of 16 matches. A rally point-scoring system is used (both sides can score on every point) up to a score of 25 in the two-out-of-three format. If the teams split the first two games, a third is played up to 15.There was no need for a third game in this match, however, despite a good run by ODI which gave it an 11-8 lead in game 2.

The mother/daughter tandem of Liz and Katy Hodson played a key role in the early charge, as did Karl’s presence at the net for ODI.Although league rules mandate that at least one of a team’s touches on each play be made by a woman (save for the single-touch plays), this wasn’t a problem for the female-strong winners Wednesday night.Halee Thomas and Hood consistently set for each other as they came from behind to win the second game. Thomas also showed her athleticism by diving to dig a ball inches from the floor on a play that saw Hargadine finish with a powerful kill to highlight the 25-17 finale.ODI lost its early match Wednesday to Ruiz Drywall and dropped to 2-4 after the clash with Danelle’s, which later beat Us in two straight games to get to 6-0.

Hood was a player in high school for Kremmling and clearly enjoys the competition, playing with as much vigor during warmups as in match play. “Yeah, it means something to me,” said a smiling Hood of her team’s rapidly formed chemistry.The season started on Sept. 27 and the final week of coed play is Nov. 15. Silverthorne also offers a six-on-six power league, which plays on Monday nights. (See page A20 for standings from both leagues.)The Breckenridge volleyball leagues – rec and competitive – began this week and will be continuing through the winter. Watch for coverage in the coming weeks.Matthew Duffy covers rec sports for the Summit Daily News. He can be reached at mapadu@gmail.com.

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