LONGMONT — A generation from now — when championship banners cover the now-pristine rafters, or when the bleachers that have yet to be installed are worn and rickety — a few dozen folks will be able to say they were there when Twin Peaks Charter officially christened its new gym.
The Twin Peaks volleyball team will remember Wednesday as a day of firsts. The first varsity, CHSAA-sanctioned event in the Timberwolves’ gym. The program’s first point (it was scored when a Loveland Protestant shot hit the net). The team’s first comeback and victorious set.
About the only thing missing was the Timberwolves’ first victory.
Overcoming first-game jitters while receiving its first taste of real competition, Twin Peaks dropped a 3-1 decision against visiting Loveland Protestant.
“It was very exciting and I thought our girls had great enthusiasm and motivation for this,” Twin Peaks coach Kimberly Wilson said. “We could have definitely come out with a win, but for our first game as varsity we got our jitters out of the way. Now we’re ready to continue on with our season.”
Loveland Protestant won the contest by a score of 25-20, 29-27, 23-25, and 25-16. Twin Peaks, however, should be credited with bouncing back from a disheartening loss in the second set, a turn of events that changed the complexion of the match, to turn in its best stretch of play while winning the third set.
The Timberwolves broke an 11-11 tie by reeling off eight of 10 points, ultimately extending the match one more set with the programs first victorious set.
“We definitely saw areas of improvement where we have to get better before the next one,” said Wilson, who competes at the Dawson School tournament this weekend. “They don’t give up. It’s a good team that works really well together. They have great passion for the game and there was a lot of excitement coming into this.”
Like many aspects of the fledgling athletic department, the Timberwolves will remain a work in progress. The roughly six dozen spectators were forced to watch from rows of folding chairs where a small set of bleachers will be installed in about a month, in time for the basketball season. The Timberwolves even got locked out of their own gym after Wilson escorted her club to an adjoining hallway for her postgame speech.
Twin Peaks had just 11 players in uniform but couldn’t take advantage of a Loveland Protestant squad that boasted only six players, meaning the Wildcats had no substitutes.
“We were all excited today at school thinking, ‘Wow, we finally have a varsity game,'” junior Grace Ostdiek said. “To be able to play other varsity teams, we finally feel like a real school. I didn’t think this was going to happen while we were here, honestly.
“At the beginning of the game we were really nervous. But I think this will work because we’re all really close and we play well together.”
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Loveland Protestant 3, Twin Peaks 1
At Twin Peaks HS
Loveland Protestant (1-0) 25 29 23 25
Twin Peaks (0-1) 20 27 25 16
Kills — Loveland Protestant: Stains 3, Poortinga 2; Twin Peaks: Ostdiek 5.
Blocks — Loveland Protestant: Poortinga 2, Stains 2; Twin Peaks: Ellis 2.
Aces — Loveland Protestant: Poortinga 8; Twin Peaks: Ostdiek 3.
Digs — Twin Peaks: Ostdiek 4, Hulstrom 3.