Volleyball: Silver Creek squeaks past rival Niwot in 5

NIWOT — This volleyball season has left much to be desired, record-wise, for Silver Creek.

But say this much for the Raptors: They certainly have the number of rival Niwot, both this season and over the last several years.

Despite the Cougars owning a better overall record this season, Silver Creek swept their two-match series, leaving the Raptors with six straight victories over NHS. Niwot’s last win in the series came in September 2009.

But on Thursday night, both sides pushed it to the limit, with Silver Creek prevailing in a five-set marathon, 19-25, 26-24, 25-21, 22-25, 18-16.

“We just get a lot of energy and have a lot of passion to play well (against Niwot); we do it for the school and do it for each other,” said Silver Creek sophomore Elizabeth Potter, who finished with 28 kills, five aces and 16 digs. “That’s what tonight was all about. It was really great.

“It’s a different experience playing against a rival as opposed to some (opponent so far away). It’s a really fun game.”

In the fifth set alone, Potter notched seven kills.

“The girls look to her to do great things,” Silver Creek coach Nicholle Chambers said. “She’s one of our strongest hitters and one of our captains. And she’ll never stop.”

On senior night and in the team’s regular-season finale, Niwot had a match point at 16-15 in the fifth set, but couldn’t convert. Silver Creek scored the last three points, with the match winner coming on a block of a kill attempt by Cori Kirschling.

“It was great volleyball on both sides of the net,” Niwot coach Chris Koerner said. “In the end we just couldn’t shut down No. 6 (Potter). That was our Achilles heel. Other than that we played well.

“They’re a good team … and we’ve lost to them every time. It’s frustrating, no doubt about that.”

With the sweep of one of its rivals, Silver Creek snapped a three-match losing streak and improved to 6-11 overall, including 5-8 in the Northern League. Niwot, which is hoping for a berth in the 36-team regionals, finished the regular season 13-10 and 6-8.

After winning the first set on Thursday, Niwot was up 19-14 in the second, but couldn’t keep the momentum going.

Kirschling, the other No. 6 on the court, finished with 20 kills to lead the Cougars’ attack.

In a match that was so close and went back and forth so many times, it seemed only appropriate that the total points won came down to this: Niwot 111, Silver Creek 110.

Silver Creek will close out its league schedule with at match at Broomfield next Thursday.


Silver Creek 3, Niwot 2

At Niwot HS

Silver Creek (6-11, 5-8) 19 26 25 22 18

Niwot (13-10, 6-8) 25 24 21 25 16

Kills — Silver Creek: Potter 28, Sulek 12, Dauer 10; Niwot: Kirschling 20, Vaiser 10.

Blocks — Silver Creek: Knechtel 7, Dauer 3, Czerwinski 3; Niwot: Richard 21/2, Vaiser 2, Patterson 2.

Assists — Silver Creek: Dauer 35, Jayne 26, Sulek 3; Niwot: Richard 38.

Aces — Silver Creek: Potter 5; Niwot: Richard 3, Vaiser 2, Plomondon 2.

Digs — Silver Creek: Davis 21, Potter 16, Dauer 15; Niwot: Sigg 24, Kirschling 21, Vaiser 18.