LAFAYETTE — Through the first six matches of the regular season, the Prospect Ridge Academy volleyball team had yet to drop a set.
In their opening night of play in the very well balanced Metro League, where every win is critical, that streak quickly came to an end.
But the Miners dug deep after dropping the opening set to Peak to Peak and rallied for a 3-1 victory (23-25, 29-27, 25-19, 25-19) to get league play started on the right foot.
"I think it was good for them, because I don't want to beat everyone 3-0, especially when we play competitive teams, which is what we saw initially," said Prospect Ridge coach Lexee Marshall, whose team improved to 7-0 overall. "I think we forced them into making errors pretty consistently."
In the opening set, Peak to Peak (6-3, 0-1) rallied from a 21-18 deficit, closing out with a 7-2 run to stun the Miners, who had yet to feel what they felt.
"We really needed an energy change. It was all about the energy that was on the court and it was kind of negative," said Miners sophomore libero Chloe Brown. "We weren't looking each other in the eye when we were coming of the court.
"So we all went in and said let's band together as a team and play for the person next to you and not for yourself."
The Miners bounced back in Set 2, surviving some late drama — including an overturned call on match point that went against them — and eventually won 29-27.
It was just the spark of momentum they needed and they made the final two close out sets look easy. In the third, PRA went on a 9-0 on the serve of Hailey Clark that broke open an 8-8 deadlock.
The Miners setters — freshman Addie Freedle and Arianna Campbell (who have both filled in nicely for the departed Madison Schroeder, who transferred to Niwot) consistently found senior outside hitter Sarah Carvo, who finished with an impressive 28 kills.
Two more big runs in the fourth set of 9-1 and 6-1, sparked by a wonderful defensive effort from Brown, who finished with 21 digs, closed out the match in style.
"We've got a bit of different group (from the team that went 16-8 in its inaugural season) ... but we are diverse and we have a lot of depth in a lot of different positions, which really helps us out," Marshall said.
It was a tough pill to swallow for the Pumas, who were riding high after a tournament victory at Aurora Central and huge five-set win on the road at Eagle Ridge last Friday.
"The entire match we played conservative passive and on our heels," Pumas coach Chris Cranor said. "The few times they would step it up and get aggressive, they would win point, but they wouldn't keep that forward momentum going and it cost them."
Prospect Ridge will try to stay on the winning side of the ledger on Thursday at Jefferson Academy. Peak to Peak will get a stern test from Colorado Academy on Friday at home.
PROSPECT RIDGE 3, PEAK TO PEAK 1
At Peak to PeakProspect Ridge Academy (7-0, 1-0)23292525—3Peak to Peak (6-3, 0-1)25271919—1
Kills — PRA: Sarah Carvo 28; P2P: Haley Frederking 9, Mary Fanger 4.
Blocks — P2P: Jordyn Hall 6.
Assists — P2P: Calla Winner 14.
Aces — P2P: Frederking 3.
Digs — PRA: Chloe Brown 21; P2P: Arianna Greenspan 17.