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Volleyball: Broomfield beats Monarch while bracing for wild finish to season

Broomfield and Monarch in the midst of heavy ending slates

  • Tim Hurst/Staff Photographer

    Broomfield sophomore Lilia Neill (14) reacts after a point against Monarch on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Broomfield, Colo.

  • Broomfield freshman Grace Swenson (2) sneaks spike past Monarch’s Emma Kennedy (9) and Mia Prater (2) on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Broomfield, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • The Monarch volleyball team looks to the flag during “The Star Spangled Banner” before a match against Broomfield on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Broomfield, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • Broomfield freshman Macy Mahoney (8) and sophomore Lilia Neill (14) attempt to block a shot by Monarch senior Emma Kennedy, not pictured, on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Broomfield, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • Monarch senior Lizzy Gawley (16) reacts after scoring against Broomfield on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Broomfield, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • Monarch senior Lizzy Gawley (16) volleys a serve by Broomfield on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Broomfield, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • Broomfield sophomore Lilia Neill (14) spikes the ball over Monarch’s Julia Jubilee (12) and Sophie Kubiak (11) on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Broomfield, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • Broomfield junior Emma Winter (6) blocks a spike by Monarch senior Molly Coleman (13) on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Broomfield, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • The Monarch volleyball team reacts after scoring against Broomfield on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Broomfield, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • Monarch senior Elizabeth Butchko (10) attempts to gain control of the ball during a match against Broomfield on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Broomfield, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • Broomfield junior Emma Winter (6) spikes the ball during a match against Monarch on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Broomfield, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

  • The Broomfield volleyball team celebrates after sweeping Monarch on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Broomfield, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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BROOMFIELD — Broomfield’s volleyball program says it’s prepared for a hectic remaining schedule that will see more matches than off days.

At least, prepared as much as you can be in a season that has made that nearly impossible.

Backing that up Wednesday, Sophie Buschmann dazzled along the back and front lines, Lilia Neill and Emma Winter provided powering winners and the Eagles beat Monarch in straight sets while in the midst of nine games in 12 days.

Broomfield, like other volleyball programs across the area, have had to balance its spring schedule with many of its players also taking part in the current club volleyball and soccer seasons. And if that wasn’t enough, it has also had to adapt to revolving schedules and lineups as quarantine protocols continue to sideline players and entire programs.

Eagles coach Bob Knox said four teams have already rescheduled on them due to quarantine. Wednesday, he said he had three starters out due to the state mandate.

“It’s been a struggle, man,” Knox said. “I have to rearrange my lineup with about every match we’ve played. But we’re doing the best we can and the kids are just doing a great job. Our goal is to make it to the postseason.”

Now, both Broomfield (3-3, 2-2 5A Front Range League) and Monarch (3-4, 1-3) will look to get to the end of the regular season on April 24.

Coming into the day, the Eagles had won twice through their first five matches of the season, beating Fairview and Loveland, while the Coyotes split their first six matches with wins over Mountain Range, Boulder and Pomona. But going forward the matches only pile up from here as each has seven scheduled in the remaining 10 days.

“We’re all a little tired,” said Buschmann, who is committed to play beach volleyball at Hawaii. “It’s definitely difficult to get in practices because we have so many games. And games are tiring, but I think we’ve been tough. … It may be a little difficult at the end (of the season) to keep our energy up, but we’re ready for it.”

A dominate win was certainly a good sign for the Eagles.

Broomfield didn’t trail after the opening points of the first set in a near wire-to-wire victory, a fourth straight against the Coyotes. Wrapping up its second sweep of the season — 25-16, 25-20, 25-18 — still proved difficult down the stretch.

Up two sets, Winter helped fuel Broomfield to the 6-0 lead in the third before Monarch rallied back. Sophia Kubiak and Lizzy Gawley swarmed the floor as the Coyotes tied things at 16-apiece before the Eagles scored nine of the last 11 points.

“They have to have chemistry and have to be playing together all that time to have that chemistry on defense,” Knox said. “And they’re just starting to get there.”

Both teams are back in action Thursday. Broomfield will play for a third straight night at Rocky Mountain. Monarch will be playing for a fourth night in a row when it visits Loveland.