- Written by Leo Paik
Your Standley Lake Volleyball teams took on the Evergreen Cougars on 10/10/16.
In the Freshmen match, the Gators scrapped but fell 19-25 after keeping it close to 18-19 and 18-25.
(Sean Rumley serves.)
In the Level III match, the Gators started slowly with a 12-25 1st set, but they clawed back in the 2nd taking 14-11, 19-16, and 22-21 leads but fell 22-25.
(Jamie Torbet serves.)
In the JV match, the Gators fell 7-25 and 10-25.
(Jaelyn Grimes serves.)
In the Varsity match, the Gators started close keeping it 7-7, but the Cougars got 4, 3, 3, and 3 point runs to take the 1st set 15-25. In the 2nd, the Cougars got an early 8 point run and held on for a 14-25 win. In the 3rd, the Cougars got a 10 point run midway through and held on for a 16-25 win.
(Shelby Hines attacks.)
On 10/14/16, your Standley Lake Volleyball teams hosted the Littleton Lions.
In the Freshmen match, your scrappy Freshmen Gators prevailed with 25-11 and 25-17 dominant wins.
In the Level III match, your Gators came back from a late 19-22 deficit with a 6 point run to win the 1st set 25-22. In the 2nd set, the Gators were buoyed by their early success and won 25-19.
In the JV match, the 1st set was close going 15-18, 20-22, but the Lions won 21-25. In the 2nd set, the score was tied 8-8 keyed by kills by Dani Powell, Jasmine Cummings, Georgia Bosse, and an ace by Jasmine Cummings, but the Lions surged with an 8 point run stopped with an Ariana Elliott kill. Your Gators rallied for a 4 point run and closed it to 20-22 with a timely kill and a block kill by Dani Powell. A terrific kill by Raeanne Rothgery tied it 24-24. With the game on the line, the Lions tried to substitute once too many and were yellow carded but kept the serve and defeated the Gators 24-26.
(Jasmine Cummings serves an ace.)
In the Varsity match, the Gators edged ahead with 9-7, 11-9, and 15-14 leads in the 1st set with a sweet pancake dig by Kayla Pray, kills by Elizabeth Dill, a kill by Sam Montoya after a good dig by Erin Paik, and an ace by Cammie Schmelzer. Then the Lions surged despite a nice tip kill by Elizabeth Dill. With the score 20-24, the Gators battled getting it to 23-24 on a dump kill by Kayla Pray, but a timeout and rally got the Lions the 1st set 23-25. In the 2nd set, your Gators started flat allowing the Lions to take 1-8, 2-12, and 6-17 leads. Despite a pair of aces and a kill by Elizabeth Dill, a terrific dig by Sadie Heffelman, a sweet block kill by Shelby Hines, the Gators couldn't overcome that initial deficit and dropped the 2nd set 14-25. In the 3rd set, another early Lion surge to make it 0-8 got the Gators behind the 8 ball. Your Gators surged on a great dig by Sadie Heffelman, a block kill by Lauren Willihnganz, an ace by Elizabeth Dill, and a nice Shelby Hines kill to make it 8-10.
(Erin Paik attacks.)
A 6 point Lion run put enough distance that an Erin Paik kill, a terrific Sadie Heffelman dig, and a nice Lauren Willihnganz tip kill weren't enough, and the Gators dropped the 3rd set 16-25.
Your Gators travelled to Valor Christian on 10/18/16.
In the Freshmen match, the 1st set the Eagles pulled out strong out of the gate getting it to 7-21 and held on for a 10-25 win. In the 2nd set, your Gators turned it around to start 9-2 on a Haley Brandt block kill, a Sydney Schmelzer kill, a Maria Tersigni kill, and an Evie Brackney ace.
(Maria Tersigni serves.)
The Eagles closed the gap and retook the lead 12-14. Scrappy Gator play and an ace by Evie Brackney made it 22-17. It was 24-19 when the Eagles got a sideout. The tide turned, and 3 Eagle aces stole the 1st set 24-26. So close!
In the Level III match, the Eagles pulled ahead early getting it to 9-16, 13-20 and held on to take the 1st set 16-25. In the 2nd set, a 10 point Eagle run made it 0-10, and the 2nd set ended 6-25.
In the JV match, the tall Eagle team (that probably would challenge most Varsity squads) soared above the Gators and took advantage of 8 aces to take the 1st set 4-25. In the 2nd set, a 7 point Eagle run to start was stopped by a good Jasmine Cummings kill.
(Amanda Powers attacks.)
The Eagles surged again to make it 4-16. Dani Powell's nice kill and great dig weren't enough to hold off the Eagles as they prevailed 10-25.
In the Varsity match, your Gators heard all the accolades of the Eagles' senior night annoucements but would not go down without a battle. Nice kills by Shelby Hines, Sam Montoya, and Elizabeth Dill kept it close early 5-7. Big verticals and tall middles got the Eagles downward kills, but the Gators responded with a Lauren Willihnganz kill and block and terrific digs by Zoe Ryan-Terra, Amanda Bosben, Sam Montoya, and Lauren Willihnganz. Despite a block kill by Elizabeth Dill and a kill by Kayla Pray, the 1st set went 12-25. In the 2nd set, your Gators got a 5-3 lead to start with an ace and a kill by Zoe Ryan-Terra. The Eagles surged ahead despite nice digs by Elizabeth Dill and Kayla Pray. A 6 point Eagle run got it to 12-23. A furious rally with a great Sadie Heffelman dig and sweet block and kill by Shelby Hines highlighted their efforts, but the Eagles took the 2nd 14-25. The 3rd set began with a good Amanda Bosben kill, but the Eagles responded with a 6 point run. Zoe Ryan-Terra got an ace to make it 4-6. Kills and block kill by Shelby Hines and another terrific pancake dig by Kayla Pray leading to a Elizabeth Dill kill kept it closer at 9-13. Your Gators would not go down easily as Kayla Pray got a kill, Amanda Bosben and Erin Paik made terrific digs, and Elizabeth Dill got a pair of kills to get it to 18-24 before the Eagles sealed it 18-25. This was perhaps the Gators' scrappiest effort of the season.
On 10/20/16, the Gators got a rematch against the Littleton Lions away.
In the Freshmen match, the 1st set see-sawed 7-7 and 15-15 before your Gators surged with better serving. Maria Tersigni keyed a 3 point run to get it to 24-19, and your Gators held on for a 25-20 win. In the 2nd set, your Gators got a 5 point run to make it 10-4 keyed by a Maria Tersigni block kill and 3 aces by Evie Brackney. The Lions clawed back to tie it 11-11. Your Gators got a pair of 4 point runs on a Maria Tersigni ace, Sydney Schmelzer kill, Haley Brandt kill, and 2 aces by Sean Rumley to make it 19-12.
(Sean Rumley serves an ace.)
An ace by Sydney Schmelzer and a kill and an ace by Haley Brandt sealed the win 25-17. The Gators' record goes to 7-10.
In the Level III match, your Gators started strong taking 7-4, 14-8, and 19-10 leads with good court coverage and solid passing and took the 1st set 25-20. In the 2nd set, the Lions ran off 11 points to start including 4 aces stopped by a Tiana LeBeck kill.
(Faith Nightingale attacks.)
Despite a nice kill by Haley Hitchcock, the early deficit proved too big and the 2nd set ended 8-25. In the 3rd set, the Lions ran off a 7 point run making it 1-7. Your Gators rallied to make it 11-13 with better court coverage and a pair of aces by Jazmin Xiong. An untimely service error followed. The 2nd set ended 12-15. The Gators' record goes to 9-5.
In the JV match, the 1st set stayed close keyed by a Georgia Bosse kill early before the Lions rattled off a 7 point run to make it 5-14. A late rally punctuated with a Jasmine Cummings kill got it to 15-24 before it ended 15-25. In the 2nd set, the Lions surged early to make it 3-9. Giuliana Tucker stopped the run with a kill. Ariana Elliott's dig and Georgia Bosse's, Raeanne Rothgery's, and Ariana Elliott's kills showed the Gators' spirit, but the 2nd set ended 17-25. The Gators' record goes to 3-14.
In the Varsity match, your Gators took the early lead 6-2 with 2 aces by Elizabeth Dill. A pancake dig by Kayla Pray was ruled to hit the floor (despite video suggesting otherwise) stopping the run. A kill by Sam Montoya, a terrific dig by Sadie Heffelman and kills by Shelby Hines, Elizabeth Dill, and Amanda Bosben got it to 15-8, but a curious under-the-net violation called on a backrow player gave the Lions a sideout. A Zoe Ryan-Terra kill got the Gators a sideout. A missed net call allowed the Lions to close to 17-16 and retake the lead 17-19. A Lauren Willihganz kill stopped the run. An ace by Kayla Pray tied it up. A missed over-the-net call allowed the Lions to retake the lead 20-21. Yet your Gators battled back to 24-22 and set point. An inscrutable net call resulted in a 24-26 Lions' 1st set. In the 2nd set, the Lions surged on a 6 point run to make it 2-8. A curious touch call by the line judge on the opposite side of the court stopped a Gator rally 5-8. Despite an Elizabeth Dill kill, a Sadie Heffelman ace, a Zoe Ryan-Terra kill, and terrific digs by Sadie Heffelman, the 2nd set ended 11-25. In the 3rd set, the Gators edged out to a 6-5 lead keyed by a kill and a block kill by Shelby Hines, but the Lions rallied with a 6 point run. The Lions kept ratcheting up their lead despite kills by Amanda Bosben, Shelby Hines, Sam Montoya, and Zoe Ryan-Terra, and the 3rd set ended 17-25. The Gators' record goes to 7-10.
Next up is Wheat Ridge on Monday Oct. 24 in the Swamp starting at 430p. Come cheer on your Gators!
- Written by Leo Paik
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Your Standley Lake Volleyball teams took on Golden HS away 9/29/16.
The Freshmen Gators won the 1st set 25-10, lost the 2nd set 20-25, and dropped the 3rd set 9-15. Their record went to 6-3.
The Level III Gators battled but lost 18-25 in both sets. Their record to 1-8.
The JV Gators battled as well but had more success on the scoreboard as they took the 1st set 25-18 keyed by 5 serving aces, a 6 point run with Colleen Gill serving, and good court coverage rousing the Gator crowd. In the 2nd set, with Ariana Elliott serving, the Gators got an 11 point run and held on for a 25-10 win.
(Jasmine Cummings attacks.)
Their record improved to 2-5.
The Varsity Gators battled hard winning the 1st and 2nd sets 25-15 and 25-14, with good attacks and blocking. Golden rallied to take the 3rd set 22-25 and the 4th set, after being down 23-22 and 25-24, 25-27 with good digs including an amazing Kayla Pray pancake dig, leaving the Gator faithful on the edges of their seats. In the 5th set, the Gators edged out to a 7-6 lead and with Hanna Davis serving got a key 4 point run. With Cammie Schmelzer serving, the Gators rallied for a 3 point run and finished the set 15-9.
(Shelby Hines attacks.)
They improve their record to 7-4.
On 10/1/16, your JV Gator team went to the Arvada JV tournament and went 1-3, finishing 6th of 8 teams.
On 10/4/16, the same day unfortunately as the Powder Puff game, your Gators took on the Green Mountain Rams away. There was no Freshman match, as the 3A Rams did not have a Freshman team.
In the Level III match, the Gators took an early 4-3 lead but the Rams got a 6 point run to make it 5-15 and held on for the 16-25 win. In the 2nd set, the Rams started with a 10 poin run that Haley Hitchcock ended with a kill. Despite some good digs, the early deficit proved too big and the Gators fell 14-25.
(Solana Brito serves.)
Their record went to 1-9.
In the JV match, the Gators took an early 6-5 lead punctuated with a Dani Powell kill, but the Rams responded with a 5 point run. The Rams kept up the presure with 4, 4, and 3 point runs to take the 1st set 15-25. In the 2nd set, the Gators again started strong with a 4-0 start as the Rams edged back to 8-7, 13-12, and 15-15. The Rams got a 6 point run stopped by a Jasmine Cummings kill, but the Rams held their lead to take it 19-25.
(Giulana Tucker attacks.)
The Gators' record went to 3-9.
In the Varsity match, the Gators fell back 4-9 but battled to tie it 9-9 and 15-15 led by fine blocks by Shelby Hines; however, the Rams got a 6 point run and held on to take the 1st set 19-25. In the 2nd set, the Gators dug deep to take 6-5, 11-9, 15-10, and 22-15 leads and took the set 25-19.
(Libero Sadie Heffelman gets the dig. Photo: Leanne Heffelman.)
In the 3rd set, the Gators started strong with a 4-0 lead. They worked the lead to 9-3 with good kills by Lauren Willihnganz before the Rams tightened it up with a 4 point run. The Gators battled hard to keep the lead getting it to 22-18 before the Rams rallied to tie it and then took a 23-24 lead. The Gators tied it with a Amanda Bosben kill, but the Rams found the open court and took the set 24-26.
(Amanda Bosben gets a kill.)
In the 5th set, the Gators' air seemed to go flat as the Rams got an 8 point run to make it 1-9. A pair of 4 point runs got the score to 5-17, and the Rams held on to take it 10-25. Their record went to 7-5.
On 10/6/16, your Standley Lake Volleyball teams took on the tough D'Evelyn Jaguars in the Swamp during a Homecoming Week highlighted match with an excellent and supportive Gator crowd in attendance.
The Freshmen played hard tying the score repeated, 12-12, 16-16, 18-18 before the Gators finally surged with aces by Maria Tersigni and Sean Rumley. Haley Brandt got 2 key block kills to get the Gators the 1st set 25-19. In the 2nd set, the Gators surged to a 12-4 lead on Sydney Schmelzer's, Sean Rumley's, and Ravan Hammack's kills. A pair of aces by Maria Tersigni got the score to 18-6, and the Gators held on for a 25-12 win.
(Sydney Schmelzer serves a key late ace.)
They improved their record to 7-3.
In the Level III match, your Gators came with determination as the score see-sawed 12-10, 12-14, 14-14. The Gators surged to 18-14 with a good dig by Haley Hitchcock, a kill by Solana Brito, and aces by Ariana Walker and held on for the 25-19 win. In the 2nd set, the scores were tight until 17-17. Then the Jaguars got a 6 point run and took the set with an ace 19-25. In the 3rd set, the set was tied at 3-3 before the Jaguars got a run to make it 4-9. The Gators' determination was strong as they rallied to tie it 10-10 with good digs and a kill by Alexis Chinda. After a 3 point run, with Korie Boren serving, the Gators rallied with a 5 point run capped with an ace to take the set 15-13.
(Korie Boren serves an ace for the win.)
They improve their record to 2-9.
In the JV match, the Gators battled but the Jaguars kept ratcheting up their lead 2-4, 4-7, 6-12, and 9-17 with 5 aces despited kills by Jamie Zimmerman, Jaelyn Grimes, and Dani Powell.
(Jamie Zimmerman serves up an ace.)
The deficit proved too large, and the Gators dropped the 1st set 11-25. In the 2nd set, the Jaguars got a 10 point run to make it 1-10. Despite good digs by Colleen Gill, a great block by Jasmine Cummings, ace by Georgia Bosse, a kill by Ariana Elliott, and a sweet block by Raenne Rothgery, the Gators dropped the set 12-25. The Gators' record drops to 3-10.
(The Gator Marching Band and Cheer Team gets the Gator crowd amped up!)
In the Varsity match, the Gators got it to 3-3 before the Jaguars strong attacks ratched leads of 3-6, 6-9, 10-14, but the Gators rallied to close it at 13-15 with kills by Shelby Hines, Sam Montoya, a block kill by Lauren Willihnganz, and a great dig by Kayla Pray. Still the Jaguars attack was formidable and they took the 1st set 15-25. In the 2nd set, the Gators got it to 4-4 including a libero attack called against the Jaguars. Then the Jaguars surged on successful attacks getting it to 6-12, 8-16, and 10-22 despite kills by Elizabeth Dill and Lauren Willihnganz and ace by Erin Paik, and the Jaguars held on for a 12-25 2nd set win.
In the 3rd set, the Gators seemed to come out flat as the score went to 4-13. The boisterous support of the Gator crowd including the Gator Marching Band and the Cheer Team helped the team rally to close it 12-16 punctuated by a kill and ace by Zoe Ryan-Terra, a Shelby Hines block kill, and a Sam Montoya kill, but the undefeated Jaguars surged with a pair of aces and strong attacks.
(Sam Montoya attacks.)
Zoe Ryan-Terra kept the Gator attack up with a pair of kills but the Gators dropped the 3rd set 19-25. Their record goes to 7-6.
Next up is Evergreen HS on Oct. 10 in the Swamp. Come and catch the excitement.
See their own website: www.standleylakevolleyball.com for more information.
- Written by Leo Paik
Your Standley Lake Volleyball teams took on Centaurus HS in the Swamp on 9/16/16.
The Freshmen Gators won 2-0 and improved their record to 3-0. The Level III Gators battled but lost 1-2 and dropped their record to 1-4. The JV Gators battled as well dropping the 1st set 22-25, winning the 2nd set 25-13, but fell 9-15 in the 3rd and dropped their record to 1-4. The Varsity Gators battled hard winning the 1st set 25-16, narrowly losing the 2nd set 23-25, winning the 3rd set 25-20, dropping the 4th set 20-25, and ultimately coming up just short dropping the 5th set 10-15.
(Amanda Bosben attacks. Photo: Kira Paik.)
Their record goes to 5-4.
Your Standley Lake Volleyball Freshmen team played in the Standley Lake Freshmen Invitational Tournament in the Swamp. They went 2-2, and their record went to 5-2.
Your Standley Lake Volleyball Level III team played in the Evergreen Invitational Tournament. They went 0-4 and their record goes to 2-7.
Last night your Standley Lake Volleyball teams took on the Wheat Ridge HS Farmers in the Swamp on 9/27/16 with an excellent and supportive Gator crowd in attendance. Here is a synopsis:
The Freshmen played first on the whole court. They played scrappy with good coverage but the scores lagged as it was 3-8 early, but they rapplied back to 9-10. The Farmers surged back to 11-16, but the Gators got a 7 point run with Maria Tersigni serving up 3 aces in a row.
(Maria Tersigni gets an ace.)
The game see-sawed, but service errors and a pair of Farmer aces ended it 24-26. In the 2nd game, the Gators came out focused and took a 6-0 lead with Syndey Schmelzer serving a pair of aces. An ace by Evie Brackney got it to 11-13, and the Gators maintained their lead to take the 2nd set 25-19. In the 3rd set, the Gators' resolve was evident as they took 3-0, 5-1, 8-2, and 11-5 leads highlighted by Syndey Schmelzer aces and a Ravan Hammack kill. Maria Tersigni closed it out with a block kill to end it 15-6. They improve their record to 6-2.
The Level III team had a bye, since Wheat Ridge did not have a Freshmen team and their Level III team played our Freshmen.
In the JV match, the Gators the came out strong and played their game taking the lead 13-4 with Colleen Gill serving an 8 point run. Wheat Ridge's service errors sealed the deal as the Gators took the 1st set 25-16. Oddly, in the 2nd set, the Gator energy seemed to wane as they fell behind 3-10, but they rallied with a 6 point run to retake the lead 13-12 with Jamie Zimmerman serving. The Farmers battle back to take retake the lead 15-19 and held on to take the 2nd set 18-25. In the 3rd set, the Gators energy seemed to be lower and 2 service errors and a net call resulted in a 3-6 deficit. Another service error made it 10-14 and it ended 10-15. The Gators' record drops to 1-5.
In the Varsity match, the Gators surged to a 7-2 lead with Sadie Heffelman serving. Kills by Elizabeth Dill, Amanda Bosben, Lauren Willihnganz, and Shelby Hines got the lead up to 12-4. Zoe Ryan-Terra's dump kill ended the 1st set 25-9.
(Amanda Bosben gets a dump kill.)
In the 2nd set, the scores see-sawed to 6-5 as the Wheat Ridge crowd's boisterous support rallied their team despite kills by Hayley and Hanna Davis. A Gator surge with a good rally led to a 12-7 score at which time the Gators got a yellow card for a substitution behind the 10 foot line. As a result, the refs realized retrospectively a rotation error, and the scoreboard showed an initial removal of points off the board, but Coach Dolly Kiessling pled her case successfully, and the Gators regained their points and the Farmers only got the sideout after a curiously long delay. The Gators kept up their energy and focus as Zoe Ryan-Terra got a kill, Sadie Heffelman got an ace, and Kayla Pray came up with a terrific dig to get the score to 17-8. Sam Montoya notched a pair of great kills, and Amanda Bosben sealed with win with a pair of kills to take the 2nd set 25-13. In the 3rd set, the supportive Gator faithful helped keep their team's energy and focus up as they cheered them on to a 6-0 start again with kills by Amanda Bosben and Zoe Ryan-Terra. Hanna Davis got a great block and 4 kills to get the score to 14-5.A great rally including 3 blocks, 2 by Hanna Davis and one by Amanda Bosben and then an ace by Sadie Heffelman madie 24-10, and the Gators prevailed to take the match.
(The Gators and their fans celebrate in the Swamp.)
They improve record to 6-4.
Next up is Golden HS away on Thursday, Sept. 29. Catch the excitement.
See their own website: www.standleylakevolleyball.com for more information.
- Written by Leo Paik
Your Standley Lake Volleyball teams played at Pomona HS in the Swamp on 9/14/16 with an excellent and supportive Gator crowd in attendance. Here is a synopsis:
The Freshmen had their second match of the season taking on the Panthers. They played scrappy as the 1st set was tight see-sawing to 18-18. Pomona took a 18-22 lead. The Gators' defense stiffened, and they got it to 23-22. Good coverage and service errors on both side got it to 25-25 before Ravan Hammack and Syndey Schmelzer combined for kills to get the Gators the 1st set 27-25. In the 2nd set, the Gators took the lead early getting it to 17-9, but the Panthers scrapped as well and tied it 20-20. It see-sawed again with the score getting to 25-25 before a Panther service error and a Maria Tersigni ended it with an ace to make it 27-25 again.
(Maria Tersigni serves an ace for the match point.)
They improve their record to 2-0 taking every set so far.
The Level III team battled the Panthers on the neighboring court. The Gators fell behind 3-14 and that deficit proved difficult to dig into as they dropped the 1st set 15-25. In the 2nd set, the Gators kept it closer at 6-8 to start including a pair of aces. Pomona's court coverage was stronger as they stretched out their lead to 12-22.
(Camrin Carpenter attacks.)
The Panthers were called for a foot fault, and Jamie Torbet notched a kill to get it to 15-22. The Panthers took the set and match with a Gator service error at 16-25. The Gators' record drops to 1-4.
In the JV match, the Gators took the early lead 6-3 with Ariana Elliott's kill. The Panthers clawed back tying it 8-8 and then surged to the lead 10-16. Ariana Elliott stopped the run with a kill, but the Panthers surged with a 8 point run to make it 13-24. Dani Powell's ace got it to 16-24, but the deficit proved too deep and the set ended 16-25. In the 2nd set, the Gators started strong taking a 7-4 lead with kills by Ariana Elliott and Amanda Powers, but the Panthers tied at 8-8. The Gators retook the lead with a Raeanne Rothgery kill, but the Panthers rattled off a 6 point run. After the Gators tied it at 16-16, the Panthers got 3 and 2 point runs to make it 18-21. The Gators fought back closing it at 20-21 with a Jasmine Cummings kill. They tied it again with a kill by Jamie Zimmerman, but a Panther ace and Gator attack long ended it 22-25.
(Jamie Zimmerman attacks.)
Their record goes to 1-4.
In the Varsity match, the Gators started the match gradually building 7-4 and 11-6 leads. The Panthers closed it at 14-13, before the Gators rebuilt their lead to 18-14 and 20-15 to the pleasure of the Gator failure chanting "USA, USA, USA!"
Inspired by their fans, the Gators closed the 1st set out 25-22 with a Elizabeth "Dill" dump kill. In the 2nd set, the Gators again ratcheted leads of 7-3 and 16-9 before the Panthers clawed their way back into the match with long rallies to get it to 18-17. After a timely Gator timeout, they pulled ahead to a 23-17 lead punctuated by Shelby Hines and Hanna Davis kills and a red card for the Panthers' attempts at substitutions after the whistles were blown.
(Hanna Davis gets a kill.)
Another Hanna Davis kill and a Panther net call ended the 2nd set 25-18. In the 3rd set, the Gators got the intial lead again 7-3, but the Panthers wouldn't go easily as they took the lead 7-8. The Gators battled back to regain the lead 12-9 and 16-12. The Panthers fought back to close it to 16-15 with an ace. The Gators crept ahead to make it 18-16 before the Panthers got a 5 point run. Steeled by their coaches' encouragement, the Gators battled back with a Hayley Davis kill to make it 20-21. The Panthers threatened a 4th set with a ace making it 20-23, but the Gators were amped by the Gator faithful and closed it to 22-23 before a Panther timeout. With the breather, the Gators increased their resolve and finished with a Elizabeth "Dill" kill take the 3rd set 25-23 and the match. They improve record to 5-3.
Next up is the home opener against Centaurus in the Swamp on Friday, Sept. 16. Catch the excitement. Following that, the Freshmen host the Gator Invitational tournament in the Swamp and the Level III team goes to their invitational at Evergreen HS both on Sat. Sept 17.
See their own website: www.standleylakevolleyball.com for more information.
- Written by Leo Paik
On 9/9/16, your Standley Lake Gators Volleyball teams took on the Denver South Rebels in their home opener in the Swamp to a friendly crowd.
In the Freshman match, your Gators battled with good passing, particularly by Sean Rumley and Maria Tersigni, and good setting by Sydney Schmelzer and Keiko Tawara, and Ravan Hammack's fine tips and won 25-17 and 25-20. They start their season 1-0.
In the Level III match, your Gators lost the 1st set 17-25. Unfortunately, despite good passing their 2nd set was lobsided and they lost 7-25. Their record goes to 1-2.
In the JV match, your Gators started strong with a 25-17 win in set 1. In the 2nd set, the Rebels turned the tables and won 17-25. In the 3rd set, your Gators battled so, so well but were denied a win in a close one 12-15. Their record goes to 1-2.
In the Varsity match, your Gators started strong taking the 1st 2 sets 25-20 and 25-20. They managed to come back from a 2-8 deficit in one set. However, the 3rd set didn't go as well as they dropped it 21-25. In the 4th set, the air seemed to go flat as they dropped it 14-25. In the rubber game of the match, it was a tight battle as the Rebels gained a lead with an edge in serving with aces. They were down 11-14 but rallied to tie it at 14-14 to the delight of the Gator faithful.
Unfortunately, they came up just short dropping the game 14-16. Their record goes to 1-2.
Over the weekend, the Varsity team traveled to Overland HS in Aurora for a 12 team Invitational Tournament.
In the 1st best of 5 set match, they played the home team Overland HS's Blazers. Seemingly under rested from their 5 set match the evening prior, the 830a game seemed too early to be perky as the Blazers got it to 0-5, 3-11, and 5-16 before the Gators snapped out of it. With a Hanna Davis kill for a sideout and Kayla Pray serving, they got a 7 point run to get them back in the match 12-16. The Blazers fired back getting it to 13-22. Your Gators found something inside that fired them up with Erin Paik serving on a 7 point run and poignant Lauren Willihnganz kills, they closed to 20-22. The Blazers got it to set point 21-24. Your Gators rallied to take a 25-24 lead keyed by a Hayley Davis stuff block. Then it was a see-saw battle featuring abundant serving errors. With the score 27-28, Kayla Pray got her serves, and Elizabeth "Dill" got the set point with a kill to end it 30-28. In the 2nd set, the Gators found an extra bounce in their steps as them got 6, 4, and 7 point runs with Erin Paik and Elizabeth "Dill" serving bringing it to 23-7. A Hanna Davis kill sealed the 2nd set win at 25-9. Ice cream? In the 3rd set, it was close until a 6 point Gator run got it to 14-8. Another 6 point run got it to 21-12, and ultimately the Gators swept with a 25-21 3rd set win.
In the 2nd match, the Gators took on the Mountain Range Mustangs from Westminster, too. The 1st set see-sawed with Gator leads of 5-3, 8-6, 9-7. Then the Gators seemed to lose focus as the Mustangs pulled ahead 9-11, 11-14, 13-19, and 15-23 as their coverage waned and their attacks went long and the set ended 16-25. The 2nd set went back and forth until the Gators led 21-19. A 4 point Mustang run flipped the momentum getting it to 21-23 and then 22-25. In the 3rd set, the Gators roared to life going from a 2-2 tie to 7-2 lead with Sadie Heffelman serving. The Gators surged to 13-3 and 18-5 leads with aces and kills by Elizabeth "Dill" and took the set 25-16. In the 4th set, the Mustangs came back to life making it 2-5 and 4-7, but the Gators battled making it 11-9. Then the Mustangs seemed to cover everything as they scratched to a 11-15 and 13-17 leads. The Gators fought back getting it to 17-18, but the Mustangs kept just ahead taking the set 23-25 and the match. The point differential was only 6 points despite the loss.
In the 3rd match, the Gators played in the middle best of 3 sets Green Bracket and played the George Washington Patriots. A good 2 match rest seemed to revitalize the Gators as they pulled to a 11-1 lead with Elizabeth "Dill" getting 4 aces early. With that early jump, the Gators cruised to a 25-14 1st set win. In the 2nd set, again, the Gators jumped out early taking a 10-0 lead with aces by Elizabeth Dill and nice kills by Zoe Ryan-Terra and Amanda Bosben. A great stuff block by Hanna Davis got the side out and led to a 13-1 lead. Dani Powell served the Gators to a 16-3 lead and the set ended 25-20 for a Gator win.
In the 4th match for the Green Bracket Championship, the Gators faced the Hinkley Thunderbirds. The set started close as both teams showed determination with scores at 4-4, 11-11, 15-15, and 19-19 with a Kayla Pray ace. Kills by Hanna Davis and Elizabeth "Dill" and a block by Lauren Willihnganz got it to set point. Elizabeth "Dill" got a kill to seal it 25-19. In the 2nd set, the T-Birds scratched out a 2-5 lead. The score tightened with it see-sawing 6-8, 8-8, 8-10, 9-12, 14-13, 16-15.
(Amanda Bosben gets a kill.)
With Sadie Heffelman serving two aces and a sweet roof block by Hayley Davis, the Gators surged ahead to 21-15. Hanna Davis got a kill, a stuff block, and the final kill to end it 25-21 for the win.
The Gators took the Green Bracket trophy and improved their season record to 4-3.
(Your Green Bracket champions!)
Next up is Pomona at the Swamp on Wed. Sept. 14 at 430, 530, and 630. The theme is USA.
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