Your Standley Lake Lady Gators took on the 3rd ranked Valor Christians Eagles (12-3 6-0) in the Swamp on 10/13/17.

In the Freshman match, the Eagles start strong 4-10, but the Gators rallied with a 8 point run with a Vivian Cabajal ace and kills by Erin SchwaningerJamie Boese-Rhinesmith, and Cabajal to make it 12-10. After a pair of Eagle aces and a lead switch, Boese-Rhinesmith got an ace to regain the lead. A 5 point Gator run including a pair of Tanie Guzman aces made it 19-14. The Eagles clawed back to a 20-20 tie, but the Gators rallied with a pair of Victoria VanDyke aces, and Rae Tasco-Thompson sealed the set win 25-20 with a well-placed freeball kill. In the 2nd set, the Eagles went ahead with a quintet of aces 4-9. Tomiko Tawara stopped the run with a freeball kill. Boese-Rhinesmith added a tip kill, but the Eagles pulled ahead 5-13. Tasco-Thompson and Tawara served aces to close it 9-14. Boese-Rhinesmith stopped another 3 point Eagle run with a block kill, but closed out the set 11-25In the 3rd set, the Gators kept edging slightly ahead 3-1, 6-2, 7-3, 9-7, and 11-8 on a VanDyke ace, a Boese-Rhinesmith kill, and a great Aaliya Luna dig leading to a VanDyke kill before the Eagles got a 4 point run keyed by 3 aces to take a 11-12 lead.

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(Jamie Boese-Rhinesmith gets a tip kill.)

Tanie Guzman freeball kill stopped the run. It was tight as the game got to 14-14, but a Eagle sideout and ace ended the set 14-16The Gators' record goes to 10-5, 5-2

In the Level III match, the Gators surged to a 9-4 lead (mirroring the Freshmen match start).  The Eagles pecked away at the Gator lead until they got a 9 point run to take a 11-16 lead. An Isabella Misegadis kill stopped the run, and a pair of Maria Tersigni aces made it 14-16. The Eagles responded with a 6 point run keyed by 3 aces making it 14-22. Katie Demink stopped the run with a kill and added another kill, but the deficit proved too much and the Eagles took the 1st set 15-25. In the 2nd set, the Gators got a Hayley Hitchcock kill, an Isabella Misegadis backrow kill, a Ravan Hammack kill, a pair of Evelynn Brackney aces, and a Hitchcock kill to get it to 9-10. Then a run of 4 Maria Tersigni aces got the Gator faithful riled up, but the Eagles tied it up 13-13.

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(Maria Tersigni serves one of her 4 aces in a row!)

The set got to 19-19 with another Demink ace and a terrific Alyssa LeBeck dig. Ravan Hammack stopped a 2 point Eagle run with another kill. An Eagle service error made it 20-22, but the Gators couldn't hold serve, and the Eagles got a 3 point run to end it 21-25The Gators'record goes to 8-8 (4-4).

In the JV match, the Gators battled taking an early 5-3 lead with a Jamie Torbet ace. A 5 point Eagle run flipped the lead 7-11. The Gators fought back and kept digging Eagle attacks as exemplified by a terrific Collen Gill dig, but the Eagles offense kept the Gators in dig mode, the Eagles dug most of the Gator attacks, and the 1st set ended 17-25. In the 2nd set, the Gators took early 6-4 and 7-5 lead on a Sydney Schmelzer ace and Faith Nightingale kill.

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(Faith Nightingale gets a kill.)

Then the Eagles ran off a 14 point run to make it 7-19 and finished the set 11-25The Gators' record goes to1-11 (0-7).

In the Varsity match, the Gators pulled out to a 3-0 lead with a pair of Dani Powell aces. The Eagles responded with an 8 point run to make it 5-12. Erin Paik got an ace to make it 7-12. A Lauren Willihnganz kill got it to 9-15 before the Eagles soared for another 8 point run despite a pair of terrific Powell saves. Finally a Willihnganz tip kill stopped the run, but the 1st set ended 10-25. In the 2nd set, the Eagles took a 0-3 lead despite some great digs by senior Raeanne Rothgery, senior Jaimie Zimmerman, and senior Zoe Ryan Terra. A Powell dump kill stopped the run, and then the Gators got crowd buzzing with a 6 point run with 2 Powell aces and a pair of senior Gigi Tucker kills.

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(Gigi Tucker nails another kill.)

Senior Cammy Schmelzer really got her team and the Gator faithful going with a trio of aces keying a 5 point Gator run to make it 12-6 and triggering an Eagle timeout. A Jasmine Cummings kill and senior Ryan Terra ace raised the volume in the Swamp to an electric level as the lead increased to 17-9. Another 3 point run keyed by a Cummings ace made it 20-12 forcing the Eagles to take another timeout.

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(Jasmine Cummings rallies the Gators with an ace.)

The Gators' play seemed very focused as exemplfied in a great senior Tucker dig and tip. A sweet downline senior Zimmerman kill really got the Swamp shaking making it 22-16. A pair of double hits on the Gators helped the Eagles tie it 24-24. Then another sweet senior Ryan Terra kill got it to set point. Some well-placed shots led to a pair of Eagle mishits and the Gators took the set 27-25. Apparently, we were told later than this was the 1st set taken by a league opponent for the Eagles this season! In the 3rd set, the Gators got an early 2-1 on a Willihnganz kill, but a Gator injury led to a 4 and 9 runs by the Eagles. Despite a great senior Ryan Terra dig and a terrific senior Zimmerman save, the set ended 6-25. In the 4th set, the Gators got an early 3-2 lead with another Willihnganz kill before the Eagles got 4 and 7 point runs. A great senior Ryan Terra backrow kill got it to 6-17. Another senior Ryan Terra backrow kill made it 7-20. A terrific senior Schmelzer save wasn't enough to hold off the Eagles as they finished the 4th set 8-25. In the match, the 2nd set may have been the set in which the Gators finally realized their potential for the season. The Gators' record goes to 5-11 (1-7).

The Maxprep information can be found here.

Next up is the Golden Demons away Thurs. Oct 19. Then it is the Wheat Ridge Farmers away on Tues. Oct. 24 and home for the Littleton Lions on Thurs. Oct 26