LONGMONT — It is natural for a team to adjust accordingly when it encounters an opponent for the second time during any given season.
Despite cruising through the first half of the season with an unblemished record, Longmont head volleyball coach Holli Stetson figures her club is bound to see a few new tricks from its Class 4A Northern League foes during the second-half run of rematch showdowns.
And that’s just fine with the Trojans, given that they boast the sort of depth and balance to make their own effective adjustments on the fly quite seamlessly.
Longmont did just that against Broomfield on Thursday, overcoming an erratic Game 1 before cruising to a three-game sweep with a 25-22, 25-7, 25-15 victory. The Trojans, ranked second in Class 4A in this week’s Denver Post coaches poll, completed a season sweep of the Eagles while solidifying their perch atop the league standings.
“I think teams come in preparing for one thing, and then they see our balance, and so they have a hard time defending us with all the multiple ways that we can execute on offense,” Stetson said. “That’s good for us because it doesn’t put all the pressure on just one player. That helps us out tremendously.”
Longmont (12-0, 8-0 Northern League) struggled to find its rhythm in the first game, committing an uncharacteristic number of errors to allow Broomfield to remain close. After finally scoring three of the final four points to secure the victory, the Trojans finally began to dominate in Game 2.
The Trojans used an early 5-0 run to race to an 11-3 lead and were never threatened while establishing a two-game edge. Broomfield (5-6, 3-3) rallied from a 17-10 deficit in Game 3 to get within 18-15, but the Trojans reeled off seven consecutive points to post their fifth consecutive sweep.
The Trojans improved to 4-0 against their three closest competitors in the league race — Niwot, Thompson Valley, and Broomfield — with rematches still remaining against Niwot and Thompson Valley.
“I think we came out a little slow,” Longmont junior Becca Mau said. “I’m not really sure why, but definitely in the second and third (games) something changed and we picked it up and played our game. We had a lot more energy and control, and our passes were a lot better. That helped our offense run.”
Sophomore Lacy Haddock paced the Trojans’ balanced attack with 10 kills and 18 digs, while Mau contributed eight kills, 18 digs, and a pair of aces. Broomfield’s Hanna Boyer recorded six kills and 15 digs to lead the Eagles.
“(Longmont) is just very dynamic,” Broomfield coach Monica Tuz said. “They have a lot of hitters that can put the ball away. It’s not just one or two people who can do it. They’re just very well-rounded.”
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Longmont 3, Broomfield 0
At Longmont HS
Broomfield (5-6, 3-3) 22 7 15
Longmont (12-0, 8-0) 25 25 25
Kills — Broomfield: Boyer 6; Longmont: Lacy Haddock 10, Mau 8, Lyndie Haddock 5.
Blocks — Broomfield: Boyer 2; Longmont: Mau 2.
Assists — Broomfield: Van Tine 10; Longmont: Brazell 10, Michalski 10.
Aces — Broomfield: Boyer 1, Dye 1; Longmont: Lyndie Haddock 2, Precht 2, Michalski 2.
Digs — Broomfield: Boyer 15, Van Tine 10, Dye 9; Longmont: Mau 18, Lacy Haddock 18, Cox 14.