Longmont's Becca Mau, right, spikes the ball past Niwot's Chelsea Patterson during LHS' victory on Tuesday night.
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Longmont’s Becca Mau, right, spikes the ball past Niwot’s Chelsea Patterson during LHS’ victory on Tuesday night.

LONGMONT — The Longmont volleyball team didn’t start Tuesday’s match like the No. 2-ranked club had started it first six matches.

But the result was the same and the Trojans remained undefeated.

Cleaning up their game after an ugly start, the Trojans beat the cross-town rival Niwot Cougars 25-23, 25-19, 24-26, 25-17.

“Niwot is consistently a good team but we weren’t exactly sure what to expect,” said Trojans outside hitter Becca Mau, who led the Trojans with 18 kills. “We might have gone in not completely ready to finish the job. At the beginning we were struggling with our passes and not eliminating our errors.”

Play was sloppy early on both sides. Down 7-0 to open the first game, Longmont rallied to take it 25-23.

Sophomore Lacy Haddock, who notched seven kills to bring her season total to 48, paced the Trojans to a win in game two.

Trojans senior hitter Cloie Cox finished the match with nine aces. She led a serving barrage that pushed the Trojans to an 8-2 lead in game three. But this time it was the Cougars who overcame an early deficit.

The Trojans, however, rebounded for their most convincing win in the fourth.

“Losing is always tough,” Mau said. “But we knew in our hearts and minds that we were the better team and we just needed to go out and prove that the next game.”

Despite being tied or ahead 15 times in the final game, the Cougars just couldn’t hold off their Northern Conference rivals.

“We were keeping with them for so many points but I think at the end we were just getting tired and they were going on too many runs,” said Cougars senior setter Julia Vaiser, who led the team with eight kills. “That’s something we definitely need to work on.”

Four Cougars players had five or more kills. Stetson identified the Cougars’ balanced attack as the primary thing that caught the Trojans off guard. She couldn’t, however, explain her team’s slow start.

“It was just kind of a tonight thing and I’m hoping we’re done with it,” Stetson said.

Longmont beat Niwot three times last season, including a 3-1 victory in the District 1 championship. Cougars junior setter Meghan Richard, who finished with 24 assists, said Tuesday’s match felt more competitive than last year’s trio.

“We definitely learned a lot from last year and we took that into this match,” Richard said.

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Longmont 3, Niwot 1

At Longmont HS

Niwot (5-3, 1-2) 23 19 26 17

Longmont (7-0, 3-0) 25 25 24 25

Kills — Niwot: Vaiser 8, Patterson 7, Kirschling 6, Plomondon 5, Richard 4, Kosten 3, Sigg 3; Longmont: Mau 18, La Haddock 7, Johnson 7, Ly Haddock 5, Precht 5, Wetterstrom 3, Michalski.

Blocks — Niwot: Patterson 2, Richard, Kosten; Longmont: Johnson 5, La Haddock 3, Precht 3, Wetterstrom 2, Mau 2, Michalski 2.

Assists — Niwot: Richard 24, Plomondon 2; Longmont: Michalski 29, Ly Haddock 12, Cox, Mau.

Aces — Niwot: McCaddon 2, Richard, Vaiser, Plomondon; Longmont: Cox 9, Mau 5, La Haddock 3, Precht 2, Ly Haddock, Michalski.

Digs — Niwot: Richard 10, Sigg 9, Vaiser 9, Plomondon 8, Kirschling 4, McCaddon 2, Patterson; Longmont: La Haddock 18, Michalski 13, Precht 10, Mau 5, Cox 4, Wetterstrom, Ly Haddock, Johnson.