LONGMONT — The name Haddock has been associated with Longmont High volleyball for years and there is no end to the successful marriage in sight.
Following in the footsteps of 2011 graduate Tambre Haddock, sophomore twins Lacy and Lyndie Haddock are rapidly coming into their own with the Trojans. As sad as she was to see Tambre graduate, Trojans head coach Holli Stetson may be more excited about the potential of having her younger sisters for two more years.
“They understand the culture of being a great athlete,” Stetson said. “That goes along with being a great student, taking care of yourself and putting in that time in the offseason that’s needed. These guys get it.”
They’ll be around for awhile, but the Haddock twins are already helping pace the top-ranked Trojans (22-1) to a hopeful state championship run.
Possessing tremendous jumping ability, Lacy and Lyndie Haddock are two of the Trojans’ more well-rounded players. Lacy is a talented passer and defender. Lyndie helps out with setting duties and is one of the team’s top blockers in the front row.
Quiet, humble and gracious as they are, Stetson said the Haddock twins bring a competitive spirit and great athleticism to the Trojans.
“They’re willing to do whatever’s necessary for the team,” Stetson said. “Both of them play six rotations. They both bring a lot offensively and defensively to our team.”
Statistically, Lacy Haddock has 161 kills and Lyndie has 99. Lacy Haddock has 251 digs and Lyndie has 258 assists.
While they fill up the stat sheet and motivate their teammates with quiet intensity, the Haddock twins are far more vocal with one another than on the court. Each the other’s biggest critic, Lacy and Lyndie spend plenty of time after matches discussing what they need to work on and the goings on within the team.
More than capable players on their own, the Haddocks said they might be each other’s greatest strengths.
“It’s definitely an advantage because we’ve played together our whole lives and we know each other,” Lyndie Haddock said. “We know how to pick each other up. We’re always going to have each other when things get rough.”
None of the Haddocks have played club volleyball because the heavy dose of Sunday matches on the club circuit conflicts with their Mormon faith. Lacy and Lyndie learned much of the game from Tambre Haddock, who brought home the lessons she learned while beginning her volleyball career in high school. They started playing at a younger age and Stetson said the twins are further along in their volleyball development than Tambre, now a standout with the University of Northern Colorado Bears, was as a sophomore.
Still, Tambre remains a valuable resource for both current Trojans. After the Trojans went undefeated until a recent loss to Eaglecrest (19-3), the third-ranked team in Class 5A, Tambre has proven invaluable in helping Lacy and Lyndie keep this season in perspective.
“She told me if you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong,” Lyndie Haddock said. “Volleyball is a fun sport. That’s why we’re playing it. This year we’re having a lot of fun because we’re all best friends.”
The Haddock twins are continuing the legacy their athletic lineage has created with the Trojans and likely will form the foundation of the team once the current junior class graduates.
Last year, Lacy and Lyndie were freshmen on the Trojans squad that made the state tournament. This year they’re hoping to make the most of an opportunity to add a state title to the Haddock legacy.
“This is the most exciting time of the whole season. It’s what we look forward to,” Lacy Haddock said. “Our goal is the state championship game and being victorious.”
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