LAFAYETTE — Not many non-league teams are going to give Tyler Feddema and the Peak to Peak girls volleyball team a rivalry feel like that of Centaurus.
The early season match between the teams — which pits the 4A Warriors against the 3A Pumas — is always a 'get-it-going' kind of environment, and Tuesday night's match at CHS was no different with a small but rowdy student crowd representing each team heartily.
The players on the court gave their friends a good battle, on both sides, to be true. But it was the Pumas, coming off a three-set win against Fort Lupton to open the season, that continued their hot start with a 3-1 victory over CHS that kept the Peak players perfect in the rivalry.
The Pumas have won the past six times they've played, and Feddema knows it's as good a test as any outside of the Metro League that they're going to get.
"Centaurus has definitely been one of biggest rivalries for the past few years, and I feel like their level is always up with ours," said Feddema, who ended the 25-20, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22 match with an ace. "It's always great to get everyone to come see this one."
As the score would indicate, each set was extremely tight and it provided for some good work for both teams in and out of system. In fact, three of the four sets were tied at scores later than 20-20, and even in the set that wasn't, Peak to Peak crawled back from a 19-13 deficit to make it 23-22 in set 2.
The ability to dig their way out of some holes impressed Feddema and Peak to Peak head coach Chris Cranor.
"We got out of system a few times but just had to focus on serve-receive and giving ourselves a time to focus on that pass," Feddema said. "We're showing that we're a team and how we can come together and be resilient. I'm really proud of that."
"We start a little slow, but they don't give up and have great tenacity," Cranor added. "I don't know if it wears the other team down, but you get a few points back and you start to see other teams kind of like, what the heck. We thrive on that."
Set 3 was the pivotal win for Peak to Peak. The Pumas got kills on the final two points after it was 24-24, and they kept their composure early in set 4 when Centaurus had taken a 7-3 lead. Tied at 22-22, Peak to Peak closed it out on two errors by Centaurus (an attack error followed by a rotation error) and the Feddema ace.
Centaurus (0-2) was coming off a loss against Erie, a 3-0 match for the Tigers in which the Warriors were just flat. This match brought out the best in the CHS block, which will frequently feature Krista Visscher and Kjerstin Bedford.
Despite collecting several aces, Centaurus had some trials in the service game — which head coach Kacey Koonce said the team will nail down soon.
"From the Erie match we talked a lot about reading hitters better ... and they really picked that up tonight," Koonce said. "It was a big difference maker from the other night. We have height this year that we've never had before, and putting Kjerstin and Krista together is going to provide a strong effect we haven't had before.
"We threw some girls in who served strong in practice and just need to be able to bring that into the game."
Peak to Peak will play at the Aurora Central tournament next on Saturday, while Centaurus hosts Englewood on Thursday.
Peak to Peak 3, Centuarus 1
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Kills — Centaurus: Alexa Ferry 13.
Blocks — Centaurus: Krista Visscher 6, Kjerstin Bedford 4.
Assists — Centaurus: Gab DeLavallade 21.
Aces — Centaurus: Visscher 6.
Digs — Centaurus: Laila Buchler 11, Tess Jason 5.
Peak to Peak stats not available.