FREDERICK — The current sprint of a Season C volleyball circuit is starting to catch up to the Frederick girls’ team, and the Warriors are still battling.
Frederick’s schedule is getting tougher, injuries are beginning to mount and the team’s winning percentage has fallen over the past week. Class 4A No. 3-ranked Niwot dealt the Warriors their first loss of the season on Saturday and on Thursday night, the Warriors dropped a nail-biter to Berthoud, 22-25, 26-24, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13 in five sets.
But the Warriors knew these types of obstacles would likely arise and plan to simply continue making adjustments in order to finish the regular season strong.
“Tonight’s match was very, very evenly matched,” Frederick head coach Suzanne Robison said. “They’ve got a great team and they hustle. We’re running into injuries and we’re struggling to put things together. We’re pulling and trying to figure it out. We’ve got girls who are just playing volleyball right now whether they’re playing their position or another, and they’re trying their hardest.”
Despite losing starting setter Ashley Livingston to a finger injury early in game one, the Warriors (5-2, 3-2) won the first set to take an early lead. They were up 2-1 after the third before the visiting Spartans (3-2, 3-1) won the fourth to send the Longs Peak League contest to a fifth. The decisive final game, Frederick led 6-3 before Berthoud went on a run to close out the match.
Junior hitter Kinley Lindhardt led the Warriors, unofficially, with 22 kills. Abby Awad had seven aces for Frederick and Kenna Tarnowski led the team with three blocks. Warriors libero Kendal Rivera finished the match with 44 digs.
“It keeps going,” Robison said. “Now that we get to this point, everyone’s finally getting to play their games and we’re hoping we get to continue. You’re also running into injuries, the kids are playing so much, they’re tired, they’re exhausted and they’re just trying to play one set at a time, one set at a time. People are coming up big at different times and you never know because on any given night, anybody can win.
“Berthoud had a great team tonight. We competed. We struggled at times. But I’m proud of our team for how they had to make adjustments on the fly and continued to compete.”
The Warriors will continue their season with another conference match on the road at Riverdale Ridge (2-2, 2-2) on Saturday morning.