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20111001_VROL_OLSON.jpg Longmont's Diana Olson attempts to set the ball during the third game against Skyline at Skyline High School Saturday night Oct. 01, 2011. (Lewis Geyer/Times-Call)
LEWIS GEYER
20111001_VROL_OLSON.jpg Longmont’s Diana Olson attempts to set the ball during the third game against Skyline at Skyline High School Saturday night Oct. 01, 2011. (Lewis Geyer/Times-Call)

LONGMONT — After a close loss to Thompson Valley on Thursday that sunk Longmont volleyball into a tie atop the Class 4A Northern Conference standings, Trojans coach Holli Stetson could have dropped the hammer on her team.

A little extra running or a longer practice session would have been typical coaching tactics to get the group ready for Saturday’s match against Skyline.

Instead, the Trojans spent the day after the loss working as mentors for young athletes at Westview Middle School.

“Maybe it was bad timing the day after a loss, but we had it planned for two months,” Stetson said.

It seemed more like a stroke of genius as the Trojans responded with a breezy 3-0 sweep of the Falcons, 25-14, 25-8, 25-13, at Skyline in a Class 4A nonconference match.

Becca Mau finished with 11 kills and 15 digs, Kelly Graham had 13 assists and 14 digs, and libero Diana Olson recorded another 14 digs for Longmont.

The daylong break from regular practice seemed to refresh the Trojans and get them back to their winning ways. With five more important matches remaining on the schedule before postseason play begins, it was nice to get a bit of a break from the routine.

The little ones at Westview apparently got a thrill as well.

“We go there every year and I love doing it,” Graham said. “We get to see all the girls getting ready to come in to next year’s team, and they are really cute. We were doing a hitting line and Becca slammed one into the ground and they were all like, ‘Oh, my gosh!'”

That’s a common reaction when people of any age see Mau attack on offense.

Skyline wasn’t in awe of her skills, but they did have a difficult time containing her and the rest of the Trojans (11-3 overall).

Longmont scored the first eight points on the way to victory in the first game, and it was near-domination in the second game. The Falcons (4-8) tried to stay close in the final game, but the team is still growing and figuring itself out.

“We had a huge transition, but the thing is we are getting better,” Skyline coach Will Rozum said. “There is a lot of good contact on a lot of plays and then we just make one mistake. We lose a lot of points on that one error here or there.

“We are still young enough and new enough that those errors haven’t quite gone away for us yet.”

The Falcons still have a shot to secure the fifth and final berth into the postseason from the Tri-Valley League. Kelsey Fleming led the way for her team with seven kills, seven digs and 15 assists.

Even with Skyline working through some growing pains, Longmont still considers the city foe as a rival.

“They were a rival coming into the match because we knew how good they were last year,” Olson said. “They aren’t where they were last year, but any team on any day can be big competition for us.”

Brady Delander can be reached at bdelander@times-call.com.

LONGMONT 3, SKYLINE 0

At Skyline H.S.

Longmont (11-3) 25 25 25

Skyline (4-8) 14 8 13

Kills — Longmont: Becca Mau 11, Cloie Cox 5, Lacy Haddock 5, Dailynn Johnson 4; Skyline: Kelsi Fleming 7, Lisa Hug 4.

Blocks — Longmont: Mau 2, Haddock 1.

Assists — Longmont: Kelly Graham 13; Skyline: Fleming 15.

Aces — Longmont: Mau 5, Graham, Johnson; Skyline: Chelsey Curtis/

Digs — Longmont: Mau 15, Graham 14, Diana Olson 14; Skyline: Tiara Edwards 10, Fleming 7.

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