Volleyball: Legacy Lightning bolt past rival Broomfield

BROOMFIELD – Finding the right offense touch late Friday night, Legacy volleyball not only kicked off its season with a win, but also with bragging rights.

The Lightning downed their cross-town rival in five sets, sending 10th-ranked Broomfield home with its second loss of the season. While Legacy had some early trouble keeping up with the Eagles, once the team got past the second set it took off like a rocket.

The team posted its first win over Broomfield under coach Eric Jesse, 14-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-16, 15-9.

“It was amazing,” Jesse said. “They just kept believing in themselves and stayed with it. I can’t say enough for their effort tonight.”

Legacy (1-0) did the most damage to Broomfield (0-2) with its most veteran players. Seniors Natasha Fomina and Allie Enney combine for 15 kills on the evening, finding openings on the outside. Lacey Stewart also did her share of damage, with the senior leading the Lightning’s spunky middle attack.

Stewart kicked off Legacy’s biggest run of the evening. The senior, along with Justyn Schlaack, blocked Lauren Knox to tie the game 10-10. But the play also ignited the Lightning’s offense, which went on a 9-point scoring streak.

 “We just got up there as hard as we could and went after everything,” Stewart said.

Broomfield was strong early on with a good deal of its points coming out of Knox. The senior lead her team’s attack with 14 kills, but her early success spelled trouble later on. The Lightning keyed in on Knox and the Eagles’ other top attacker, Hanna Boyer, making it difficult for the outside hitters to find points.