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Volleyball: Lyons trying to pick up pace in second half of season

Dayspring Christian wins in straight sets Tuesday

Lyons' Sierra Andresen passes the ball ...
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Lyons’ Sierra Andresen passes the ball during their match against Dayspring Christian on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Lyons.

LYONS — The record certainly isn’t what it had hoped for but the Lyons girls volleyball team is doing its best to remain upbeat while passing the midpoint of Season C without its first win.

On Tuesday evening, the Lions (0-6, 0-4) fell 25-16, 25-13, 25-7 to the Dayspring Christian Eagles, who are unbeaten and ranked No. 6 in Class 2A by the coaches poll. It was yet another tough loss against a quality opponent, one in which the Lions didn’t appear to be overmatched but simply couldn’t keep pace or find their consistency.

Yet despite the sweep, Lions head coach Sarah Steele said the team believes it’s better than its record would imply and that they are not that far off from putting it together.

“We compete in every single match and it’s not like we’re getting completely blown out,” Steele said. “We come and we play and we compete. I think we just need to make a few minor improvements and we’ll be ready to do some work.”

The Lions won their lone game of the season on Monday in a 3-1 loss to Highland, a match in which one of the Lions’ lost games was a 28-26 set that required extra play. Against the Eagles (6-0, 6-0) on Tuesday, Kayla Valente and Hailey Odell led the Lions with three kills apiece. Odell also had an ace. Avery Joy, who leads the team in most statistical categories, paced the Lions with 12 digs and five assists, and Gemma Powell had the team’s only block.

A team with just five seniors, Lyons has traditionally been among the top programs in 2A and are looking to build back up to the form that won a state championship in 2017.

“I thought the girls came out and they were swinging,” Steele said. “Things weren’t going our way but they came out with positive vibes and lots of energy, which is what we’ve been asking them to do. So, we have tons to look forward to in the future. We just have some minor adjustments we’ll make and we’re ready to keep on competing.”

Lyons went 9-13 last season, and with seven matches left in the regular season, it will continue this current campaign on the road against local rival Longmont Christian (2-5, 2-4) next Tuesday.

Lyons’ Gemma Powell jumps to attack at the net against Dayspring Christian on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Lyons. (Photo by Brad Cochi/

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