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    Phoenix Wilke celebrates with her Mead teammates after the Mavericks scored a point against Frederick Tuesday night. Go to for more photos.

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    Frederick's Leilani Purcell goes for a kill while Mead's Hailee Martinez goes up for the block during Tuesday's game. Go to for more photos.

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FREDERICK — In 2017, the Frederick and Mead volleyball split their home-and-away league series and both matches went three sets.

The second match of last year’s series, in fact, was decided by just a two-point margin.

In the 2018 Tri-Valley League season opener for both teams on Tuesday, the Frederick Warriors and Mead Mavericks reprised their conference rivalry at Frederick High. It was quite unlike the previous two, with Mead sweeping Frederick, 25-22, 25-15, 26-24 to deal the Warriors their first defeat of the fall.

“I was a little nervous at the beginning because I went to middle school with all the freshmen here at Frederick,” Mead freshman Quincey Coyle said. “But it was really fun. The stress went away towards the last part of the first set and I just started having fun.”

The first set between the Warriors (8-1, 0-1 Tri-Valley) and the Mavericks (6-1, 1-0 Tri-Valley) went back and forth with neither team leading by more than three. The second set, in which Frederick setter Gillian Ridgley left the match with an injury, saw the Mavericks pulled away early to win by 10. They held off a late Warriors comeback in the third set to close out the match.

Despite losing the match and her starting setter, hopefully not for an extended period of time, Warriors head coach Suzanne Robison said she is still pleased with how the Warriors have played to this point in what looks to be a promising season. They won just nine matches last season and went 3-20 the year before that.

“It’s always hotly contested, they’re a good team and we knew it was going to be a tough match,” Warriors head coach Suzanne Robison said. “They have some big hitters and when our setter went down, that kind of threw us off and put the girls in a funk. We’ve been getting better every match so we’re going to learn from this and move on to the next match.”

Mavericks senior Abbey Glynn’s 1.5 blocks per set was fifth most in Class 4A last season and she was a force up front as usual. Coyle, who is currently among the top 30 hitters in the state with 90 kills, led all players with 12 on Tuesday night. Coyle also leads Mead with 19 aces in 20 sets played after collecting four against Frederick.

“I would say there was a lot of momentum shifting back and forth on both sides of the net,” Mavericks first-year head coach Juliane Mosebar said. “It was an emotional ride and figuring out how to manage our emotions throughout the match helped us. Being in an away gym, we really had to focus and manage our errors and we did that tonight.”

Mead will continue its season at home against Windsor next Tuesday. Frederick will play next at Denver West on Thursday. Mead at Frederick will meet again on Oct. 16 at Mead High School.

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Mead 3, Frederick 0

At Frederick H.S.

Mead (6-1, 1-0) 252526Frederick (8-1, 0-1) 221524

Kills — Mead: Coyle 12, Glynn 6, Morton 5, Munro 5, Steidl 4, Wilke, Martinez; Frederick: Unavailable.

Blocks — Mead: Munro 3, Morton; Frederick: Unavailable.

Assists — Mead: Martinez 33, Borger 2; Frederick: Unavailable.

Aces — Mead: Coyle 4, Glynn 2, Borger 2, Martinez, Sprague; Frederick: Unavailable.

Digs — Mead: Borger 16, Martinez 8, Steidl 3, Morton 3, Coyle 3, Parmer 2, Munro; Frederick: Unavailable.

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