Longmont def. Greeley Central 3-1
At Greeley Central: Tough competition at the beginning of the season can be a blessing, but it can also be a curse.
Longmont volleyball, which went 1-4 at the start of the season, leaned more toward the latter. Now, the Trojans are starting to get their footing on the court after winning four straight matches since.
That came to fruition on Thursday when the Trojans took down Greeley Central in a competitive 3-1 match that saw set scores of 26-24, 25-15, 20-25 and 25-19.
“I think we are finding our confidence,” head coach Holli Stetson said. “I think that we are believing in ourselves and learning what it takes to play as a team and execute as a team. It started out rough. … We played the defending state champion (Palmer Ridge), we played a team ranked (ninth, Thomas Jefferson) and we beat a ranked team in 3A (No. 9 Platte Valley). The teams that we played were at an elite tournament that we were invited to.”
The Trojans started a few sets slowly against Greeley Central, but found their energy midway through each to be able to take the first two. The Wildcats bounced back in set three, but that’s as far as their visitors would let them go.
That boomerang effect from set three to set four showcases what the Trojans have been able to do on a larger scale this season from their first five matches to their most recent four.
“We got down at some moments, but once we really got together and started talking together and communicating more as a team, then we really picked it up and pushed it through,” senior setter Madison Jonason said. “I saw that most during our last game tonight … because we really wanted to push through since we lost the third one and we just wanted to show them what we can do.”
Frederick 3, Thompson Valley 1
At Frederick: The Warriors sure know how to make competition exciting. Class 4A’s fourth-ranked court titans hosted No. 5 Thompson Valley in what should have been a back-and-forth contest, but the Warriors didn’t want any common bystander to know that. They stole the first two sets with ease at 25-11 and 25-18 before the Eagles soared to a 25-16 finish in set three. In the fourth and final set, the Eagles made Frederick work for every point it got as the Warriors finally won out with a 27-25 final.
Mead 3, Holy Family 2
At Holy Family: When two teams that are receiving votes in the Class 4A poll go head-to-head, it should come as no surprise when they take the game all the way to the end. Mead took the advantage early with a 25-21 win, which Holy Family immediately matched in set two with a 25-22 score. The two teams traded blows again as the Mavericks claimed set three at 25-17 and the Tigers stole set four at 25-18, but Mead prevailed in the end with a 15-12 final score.
Liberty Common 3, Peak to Peak 0 (Wednesday)
At Peak to Peak: Peak to Peak faced incredibly tough competition against Class 3A’s No. 4 Liberty Common, but the Pumas managed to play the Eagles tough with 25-20 and 25-22 scores through the first two sets. They enjoyed an attack that encompassed many different players as Sarah McLaughlan led the defense in the back row with 14 digs.
Niwot 3, Riverdale Ridge 0
At Riverdale Ridge: Time and time again, the Cougars have proven why they deserve the No. 6 Class 4A ranking the CHSAANow.com coaches poll has bestowed upon them. On Thursday night, they downed the Ravens in three relatively easy sets with scores of 25-16, 25-12 and 25-15 to advance to a 7-3 record.
Mead 27, Skyline 0
At Skyline: The Mavericks have relied heavily on their prolific offense to carry them to an 11-5 record, and the coaches in CHSAANow.com’s poll have taken notice. On Thursday, fifth-ranked Mead blanked the Falcons in just three innings as Claire Adams collected seven RBIs en route to pitching a no-hitter.
Peak to Peak 18, Faith Christian 13
At Faith Christian: The Pumas and Eagles engaged in a battle of the back-and-forth throughout the first five innings. The Puma defense held it down in the last two frames to allow its offense to surpass and defeat the Eagles late. Sophomore Peyton Larsen and junior Leah Legeer knocked in three runs each.
Erie 14, Greeley West 1
At Greeley West: Class 4A’s coolest cats proved once again why their No. 1 in the business. Erie’s offense lit up in the first inning with an early 6-1 lead, which only grew from there. Addie Osborne contributed to the final total with a two-run moonshot in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Frederick 16, Mountain View 0
At Mountain View: The 10-3 Warriors are teetering on the edge of the Class 4A rankings after dropping out of the top 10 this week, and it seems they’re playing with a chip on the shoulders. The Mountain Lions felt the brunt of that as nine ladies collected at least one RBI en route to victory.
Erie 2, Frederick 1
At Frederick: The Warriors began the match with a goal in the first half, but couldn’t keep pace with the 3-2-1 Tigers, who put up two scores in the second half in response. Over the past few weeks, the Tigers have found three victories in an inconsistent schedule littered with losses and a tie in between wins.
Niwot 6, Berthoud 0
At Berthoud: The Cougars dropped out of the Class 4A top-10 rankings thanks to back-to-back losses, and they’ve stormed back in their two games this week to make a bit of a statement. First, they took down Roosevelt in a 7-0 decision on Tuesday, which they followed up with another shutout at Berthoud. Niwot scored four goals in the first half alone.
Holy Family 4, Mead 1 (Wednesday)
At Holy Family: Class 4A’s seventh-ranked Mavericks suffered their first setback of the season when the 3-3 Tigers stunned them in Broomfield on Wednesday night. The Tiger offense came out hot as they logged four scores to bring Mead’s season total to six wins and one loss.
Centaurus 0, Windsor 0 (Wednesday)
At Windsor: The Warriors and the Wizards, who are both receiving votes in the Class 4A poll, proved why they’re both deserving of every vote they get. Through two halves and two overtimes, both showed finesse in defense as neither could break through to the back of the net. Centaurus now sits a 2-2-1 record.
Faith Christian 3, Prospect Ridge Academy 0 (Wednesday)
At Prospect Ridge: The Miners suffered their first loss of the season with a shutout from Faith Christian, but they still put up some impressive numbers against the Eagles with three steals each from seniors Preston Boysen and Griffin Hill. The Miners now sit at 4-1.
Skyline 17, Silver Creek 7
At Everly-Montgomery Field: After suffering a tough loss against No. 9 Golden at home last week, the Falcons bounced back to take Silver Creek in a fourth-quarter charge. The Falcons battled the Raptors hard through three quarters after scoring a field goal in the first quarter and subsequently letting Silver Creek take the 7-3 lead in the third frame. The Falcons put an end to that campaign in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns, and they went home victorious.