LONGMONT — Being a three-sport athlete, Abbey Glynn is going to have to get used to the senior nights and recognitions her teams will be presenting throughout the school year.
Don't be surprised if she raises her game on those nights, either, as she did in Tuesday's Tri-Valley League win over Frederick. The Mavericks made sure to set their magnificent middle, and Glynn's 11 kills and eight total blocks were a big part of a 3-1 win over a good Warriors team.
Freshman Quincey Coyle led Mead with 23 kills, and Mead overcame a game two loss to post a 25-16, 25-27, 27-25, 25-15 win and move to 12-3 overall on the season. Frederick, who has improved immensely this season after winning nine games last year dropped to 13-5.
Funny thing is, Glynn and her teammates will get at least one more chance to shine at home because of the win — their 6-2 Tri-Valley League mark pushing them into third place in the league and earning them a home game Thursday for the first TVL championship tournament.
Despite winning the first meeting between the teams, 3-0, Mead knew it was in for a dogfight against the Warriors. The middle two games Tuesday certainly proved that.
"We were just ready to be done, ready to win," Glynn said of the fourth game. "We knew from the beginning they were going to be a hard opponent, and we came out strong but so did they. We just finished a lot stronger."
Overall, the Mead attack was just too strong. Game one produced 16 Mead kills, and the Mavericks finished the night with 50 as a team for an average of 12 per set.
The Mavericks were afforded plenty of swings because they were able to get in system, and Coyle's big outside presence has been tough for opponents to handle all year.
"Everybody connected with our setter, which doesn't always happen ... it just allowed us to swing a lot," Glynn said.
"When they get Quincey the ball, you just kind of have to pray you get a touch whether it's on the block or on a dig," Frederick coach Suzanne Robison added. "We were getting hands up, doing a good job of that. But they have some good players.
"Our girls fought and they wanted to show that what happened at the beginning of the season wasn't a fluke and that they could compete with (Mead). We were full strength tonight ... we came back strong and for us to play as well as we did tonight makes me happy."
Coyle was responsible for big plays all night, but her biggest may have come at the service line late in game three. After fighting for points back and forth from the moment it was 22-22, Coyle secured the go-ahead game win for Mead with back-to-back aces.
A balanced front attack helped Mead get started in game four, but four blocks from Glynn really put FHS on its heels as the teams closed out the evening.
Fellow senior Hope Borger had 22 digs and two aces to complete a memorable night for the hosts.
The TVL tournament beings Thursday at three different schools (Mead, Windsor and Holy Family), with two other teams venturing off to compete at each venue. The winners will play each other on Saturday.
Mead 3, Frederick 1
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Kills — Mead: Quincey Coyle 23, Abbey Glynn 11, Morgan Munro 8, Kenzi Morton 4.
Blocks — Mead: Glynn 8.
Assists — Mead: Hailee Martinez 49.
Aces — Mead: Coyle 3, Borger 2, Morton 1, Martinez 1.
Digs — Mead: Borger 22, Coyle 13, Martinez 11, Anna Parmer 8, Lauren Steidl 7.
Note: Frederick stats were not available.