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Durango-Cortez volleyball game postponed because of COVID-19

Montezuma-Cortez affected by virus, Durango coach says
Mason Rowland of Durango High School digs the ball against Farmington High School earlier in the season. The team was scheduled to play Montezuma-Cortez on Tuesday, but the contest was postponed. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file)

The Durango High School and Montezuma-Cortez volleyball game that was originally scheduled for Tuesday night has been postponed until Oct. 25.

DHS head coach Kelley Rifilato said the game had to be postponed because COVID-19 impacted the Montezuma-Cortez High School team. She said they found out midday Tuesday.

Montezuma-Cortez Superintendent Risha VanderWey and Assistant Superintendent Lis Richard have not responded to phone calls and emails requesting comment.

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DHS will play Bayfield on Oct. 26, the night after the M-CHS makeup game on Oct. 25. The previously scheduled Bayfield game had been postponed because of the number of COVID-19 cases in the Bayfield.

The Demons (6-5, 4-2 4A/5A Southwestern) are still scheduled to play at Battle Mountain (3-8, 1-6 4A Western Slope) on Friday.

After 11 games, Mason Rowland leads the DHS attack with 119 kills, followed by Leah Wolf (74), Riley Engle (57) and Sarah Somrak (53).

Wolf has served a team-high 26 aces, followed by Rowland (24), Eva Stewart (16) and Brooklyn Messier (13).

Defensively, Engle leads DHS with 46 blocks, including 14 solo blocks. Somrak has 38 blocks, including 15 solo.

Rowland has dug the ball 130 times for DHS, followed by Messier with 128 digs and Wolf with 111.

Stewart leads the team with 180 assists while Rowland is next with 141.

This article will be updated when more information becomes available.