Legacy's Justyn Schlaack (9) spikes the ball against Standley Lake on Tuesday night.
Jonathan Castner
Legacy’s Justyn Schlaack (9) spikes the ball against Standley Lake on Tuesday night.

BROOMFIELD — The Legacy volleyball team entered Tuesday night aiming to notch its first win of the season. The Lightning left the court wondering when that win was finally going to come.

The beleaguered team suffered its fourth-consecutive loss of the young season, falling victim to a hard-hitting Standley Lake squad. The Gators rebounded from an opening-set loss to dole their hosts an 11-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 loss.

The falter stung, Justyn Schlaack said, but for more reasons than the Lightning remaining winless on the year.

“We started off strong then kind of lost it,” the Legacy hitter said. “Our serve-receive went downhill after the first set and our unforced errors killed us. It was tough.”

The Lightning’s turn against Standley Lake (6-3) was surprising to Schlaack, because her team came in motivated and it showed early on. Legacy (0-4) took a commanding 11-point lead in the first set, in no small part do to dynamic play by its outside hitters.

Schlaack and MaKenna Rockeman led the Lightning to its first-set rout, recording the first of a combined 29 kills. The opening action had the team certain it was on the right track, Rockeman said. But, as she continued to point out, her team had trouble carrying its early momentum.

“We worked hard as a team, but the little points we lost were crucial,” she said. “We have to win those points.”

Failing to close the door on Standley Lake after the first set allowed what turned out to be the evening’s most dynamic attacker to build a head of steam. Ben Thompson has watched Teal Schnurr dominate nearly every front line she has faced, but the Gators coach said Schnurr found an extra touch Tuesday.

“This was her best hitting night, but she has been this dominant all this season,” Thompson said. “She is a very strong weapon.”

Legacy had moderate success slowing down Schnurr at moments in the match. The team shifted a double-block to her side every chance it got. But the 6-foot-4 hitter still found a way around and through the Lightning for 33 kills.

“It’s very frustrating, because you know every time it goes to Teal there’s nothing you can do about it,” Schlaack said.

Thompson gave his big girl full credit for a strong showing, but was quick to point out her success was bred by her team’s.

“Teal had a fantastic hitting night, she was unstoppable,” the coach said. “But that only happened because the whole team passed the ball and put up the sets.”

The loss far from inspired mirth in Lora Faust. But the Legacy coach did not write off the team’s most recent outing as a failure.

“The growth between Broomfield and tonight has been amazing,” Faust said. “My girls are coming together and learning. But they’ve got to learn how to push through for the win.”

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Standley Lake 3, Legacy 1

At Legacy HS

Standley Lake (6-3) 11 25 25 25

Legacy (0-4) 25 20 22 22

Kills — Standley Lake: Leetham 5, Shileny 3, Schnurr 33; :Legacy: Schlaack 15, Rockeman 14, Stevens 10.

Blocks — Standley Lake: Schnurr 3, Shileny 1; Legacy: Smith 3.

Assists — Standley Lake: Leetham 33; Legacy: Colwell 12, Gettings 10.

Aces — Standley Lake: Bighorn 1, Settje 2, Shileny 2, Schnurr 2; Legacy: Schlaack 1, Mason 1.

Digs — Standley Lake: Trevino 13, Settje 15; Legacy: Stevens 3, Schlaack 3, Rockeman 3, Mason 4.