• Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    The Prospect Ridge Academy's Chloe Brown, at front, Skylar Freedle and Lauryn Parker walk onto the bus with the rest of the girls volleyball team on Thursday before heading to Denver for a match against Colorado Academy.

  • Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    The Prospect Ridge Academy girls volleyball team with Sarah Carvo, front left, Arianna Campbell, Skylar Freedle, Chloe Brown, Gabi Maiocco, back left, Madison Schroeder, Hailey Clark, Kylie Silva, Hayden Sniff and Lauren Parker on Thursday before heading to Denver for a match against Colorado Academy.



Prospect Ridge Fall 2016

While the Miners volleyball team is off to a great start in its first season of CHSAA-sanctioned play, things have been a little rougher for the school’s other teams competing this fall:

Football is off to an 0-5 start, with it’s closest game being a 20-19 loss to Arvada on Sept. 19. The Miners were shut out in their other four losses.

Boys soccer is 2-9 and have yet to record a victory in the Metro League, going 0-7.

Boys golf was competitive during it’s first season, sending two players to 3A state, brothers Walker and Jaxon Franklin. Both finished in the top 25.

BROOMFIELD — It has been said that you never really get a second chance to make a first impression.

The Prospect Ridge volleyball team has taken that age old expression to heart and if form continues to hold they may take it a lot further.

The Miners, playing their first season as a CHSAA sanctioned school, are off to a 10-2 start and are holding their own in the very competitive Class 3A Metropolitan League.

“We just expected to come out and play hard, give it our best effort and try to understand that it might not turn our as well as we had planned,” said captain Madison Schroeder, the teams setter. “We’ve been positive for each other and never gotten down on each other and it has started off really good.”

Prospect Ridge has burst on to the scene in relatively quick fashion, so much so that they are already receiving votes in the coaches poll despite the fact that not everybody knows much about the school, or even where the Broomfield school is located.

And if you ask the players, they are OK with that under-the-radar approach. It has paid off.

“I think a lot of people don’t know who we are because we are such a small school,” Schroeder said. “Now I think we are making such a presence for ourselves with our winning streak that a lot of people are thing that this team is pretty good.”

The Miners earned their first bit of hardware for their trophy case in September, when they went 3-0 in the Dawson School Tournament, beating the hosts in the championship game.

Head coach Lexee Marshall’s team then headed into Metro League play — a conference that Prospect Ridge’s athletic director Ellie Kempf was more than familiar with from her time at Bishop Machebeuf and petitioned for the Miners to join — and while they knew it was going to be tough against the established guard, they also knew they had the ability to compete.

“I am really lucky and I have a great group of girls. They work hard every second of every single day and they really leave it all out on the court,” said Marshall, whose team scored perhaps its biggest victory of the season on Sept. 27 in five games over Faith Christian. “I couldn’t ask for much more other than a few more league wins.”

And with five matches remaining in the regular season — including Wednesday night’s match at Colorado Academy — the Miners have taken on a bit of a new look. CHSAA’s transfer rules forced junior hitters Sarah Carvo and Gabi Maiocco to play junior varsity for the first half of the season. They are now eligible and, combined with Schroeder and fellow hitters Kylie Silva and Hailey Clark, give Marshall a solid rotation.

“We had to completely change our line-up last week, so we are still trying to get into that groove,” Marshall said. “But it is exciting and something that we have kind of been waiting all season for, to have a full roster of 10.

“There is a lot of excitement because we know how successful we can be and even more successful with the new girls we have on the court.”

Jon Yunt: yuntj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/JonEYunt