BROOMFIELD — Broomfield head volleyball coach Bob Knox is not much for "bottom-line" wins, but the truth of the matter in Thursday night's "Pink Out" match against Monarch was that the Eagles found a way to get it done.
When you're scratching and clawing your way toward the end of the regular season needing every win you can get, a 3-2 victory over a rival in which you held a 2-0 lead still reads the same as a sweep.
Indeed, the Eagles were up and managed to hang on 25-16, 25-21, 22-25, 19-25, 16-14. The win gave BHS four victories in its past six matches as they remain on the outside looking in as far as the Class 5A RPI.
"I'm real proud and real happy with my group, and they're getting along well right now," Knox said after his team had scored its biggest victory of the season to improve to 6-8 overall and 3-4 in the Front Range League.
The Eagles switched their rotation almost entirely recently, and they're also dealing with the fact that junior right-side Hope Hanak-Harper is dealing with concussion issues. She managed to play most of the match on Thursday — effectively, at that — but asked to be taken out during the crucial fifth set.
The Eagles immediately turned to junior outside hitter Vicki Fankell, and she delivered in the clutch with several kills and three blocks in the deciding set.
"I knew I needed to be there for my team, and that added pressure just pushed me harder to get those kills," Fankell said after recording a total of 19 kills.
Fankell said her teammates aren't worrying too much about the RPI, and Knox admitted he wasn't a fan of the system but at the same time was just enjoying seeing the girls getting better.
In addition to Fankell, Broomfield received 12 kills from Hanak-Harper and eight from freshman Sophie Buschmann. The Eagles also had 12 service aces, with Fankell racking up four and Emma Winter and Kristina Consbruck three apiece.
"We just want to finish the season strong, and if that means getting into regionals that's great," Fankell said. "We will work for that, but right now it's about getting better and just improving communication for this season and future years."
"I expect us to win the rest of our matches this year — we might not but that's what I expect," Knox added. "This was a whole new lineup, and it seemed to work pretty well."
Monarch (9-4, 5-2) is fortunate enough to be sitting at No. 30 in the RPI with five matches left, knowing 36 teams qualify for the postseason. However, the remaining schedule for MoHi includes Loveland, Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain, Fossil Ridge and Horizon — all teams with winning records.
Head coach Jen Dixon's team was balanced on the attack Thursday with five girls registering at least six kills. Hanna Spracklin led the team with 10, while Evelyn Haskins added seven.
"All of our losses have come down to the wire, so I feel like we're fighting," Dixon said. "We needed this one like we needed the Fairview game. But really all of this prepares you for playoffs and even if you get a lower seed, you're (tested)."
Broomfield 3, Monarch 2
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Kills — Monarch: Hannah Spracklin 10, Evelyn Haskins 7, Laura Cook 6, Savannah Cook 6, Laura Stricker 6; Broomfield: Vicki Fankell 19, Hope Hanak-Harper 12, Sophia Buschmann 8.
Blocks — Monarch: Emma Kennedy 7, Spracklin 6, Stricker 3, Haskins 3; Broomfield: Fankell 8, Lesley Munson 7.
Assists — Monarch: Vivian Strange 18, Gia DeWitt 15; Broomfield: Kristina Consbruck 44.
Aces — Monarch: DeWitt 3, Haskins 2, Demi Brown 2; Broomfield: Fankell 4, Emma Winter 3, Consbruck 3.
Digs — Monarch: not available; Broomfield: Winter 25, Fankell 16, Hanak-Harper 16, Consbruck 14.