Your Standley Lake Lady Gators took on the Littleton Lions (4-14,0-9) in the Swamp on 10/26/17.

In the Freshmen match, the Gators edged out to a 8-5 lead with a Tomiko Tawara ace, Aaliya Luna kill, and Victoria Van Dyke aces. Then the Gators surged to a 21-8 lead with a Jaimie Boese-Rhinesmith kill and scrappy play. A Tawara freeball kill and a pair of Tanie Guzman aces ended the 1st set 25-10. In the 2nd set, the Lions pound out to a 4-8 lead with a 5 point run with 2 aces and another ace. The Gators answered with a Guzman ace, Tawara ace, and Vivian Cabajal kills, a Tawara freeball kill, and a Luna freeball kill to tie it 11-11. They surged ahead with another Tawara ace, Guzman dump kill, Rae Tasco-Thompson ace, and Boese-Rhinesmith tip kill to make it 20-14.

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(Victoria VanDyke attacks.)

A kill by Erin Schwaninger, a tip kill and freeball kill by Emma Malouff, and an Alexandria Flores kill got it to set and match point, and a Lions service error ended it 25-20. With the win, the Gators end their season 12-5, 7-2. Congratulations, team, on a gritty season!

In the Level III match, the Lions got a 4 point run stopped by a Katie Demink kill. Jacquelyn Jankovsky tied it with a kill 4-4. Then an Alyssa LeBeck freeball kill and 8 Demink aces got it to 17-5! A pair of Lion aces and a LeBeck kill and Evelynn Brackney ace made it 20-9. Another Jankovsky kill, a Ravan Hammack ace, a Hayley Hitchcock kill, and a Maria Tersigni freeball kill sealed the 1st set 25-10. In the 2nd set, the Lions got another 4 point run with 3 aces before the Gators' 5 point run on a Demink block kill and a LeBeck backrow kill. Then the Gators surged with a 6 point run on a Hammack kill, Jankovsky kill, a pair of Hitchcock aces, and another Jankovsky kill. A Hammack kill, a pair of Demink aces (9th & 10th of the match), and a Brackney backrow kill made it 19-12. Strong teamwork, a Demink kill, a Jamie Ladebue dig/kill, and a Lions double hit ended the 2nd set 25-18The Gators'record finishes 10-9 (6-5). Congratulations, team!

In the JV match, the Gators seemed more focused yet more relaxed to start as they pulled out to a 6-1 lead on a Sydney Schmelzer kill. A Jamie Torbet ace made it 10-3 before the Lions got a 5 point run. The Gators responded with a Samantha Trujillo kill, a great Demink dig which led to a Sean Rumley kill to make it 13-8. The Lions closed to 14-12 despite a Hayley Hitchcock kill. A 3 point Gator run with an Ari Walker kill gave the Gators breathing room 17-12. Another 3 point Gator run with another Walker kill despite a Lions timeout made it 20-13. The Lions clawed back despite a terrific one armed Colleen Gill dig and a Rumley backrow kill to get it to 23-21, but another Trujillo kill and a Lions net call ended it 25-21. The 2nd set began with a 5 point run with a trio of Tiana LeBeck aces. A Walker kill, a Faith Nightingale kill, and a Walker ace maintained the lead 9-4. Then The Gators got a 6 point run on an uplifting Trujillo kill, block kill, and kill sequence to make it 15-5. Another Trujillo kill and Solana Brito ace, and Walker kill got it to set and match point 24-13. A final Nightingale kill sealed the win for the Gators 25-14.

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(Faith Nightingale seals the win with a kill.)

The Gators' record finishes3-15 (2-10) in a season that seemed better than their record with good stretches.


In the Varsity match, the Gators started strong with a kill by Lauren Willihnganz, three by Zoe Ryan Terra, an ace by Erin Paik, an ace by Ryan Terra, and a tip kill and ace by Jasmine Cummings to make it 13-7. Kills by WillihnganzRyan Terra, and Cummings got it to 19-12 before a 7 point Lions run tied it up. A dump kill by Dani Powell stopped the run. Good passes and short sets helped the Lions tie it again 20-20, but the Gators efforts paid off as they took the 1st set 25-21. In the 2nd set, an early Lions surge required another Ryan Terra kill, dig/kill, and two more kills to tie it 7-7. With that inspired play, the Lions timeout wasn't enough to stop the 7 point Gator run including a pair of Paik aces and a Cummings tip kill. Another Ryan Terra kill, a pair of Willihnganz, kills, and a pair Cummings aces got the Gators a 17-10 lead. The Lions responded with 3 and 4 point runs to close it 18-17. Ryan Terra nailed another pair of kills to keep the Gators ahead 22-19.

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(Zoe Ryan Terra rallies her team with a kill.)

A Lions service error and lift call got it to set point 24-20, and a Ryan Terra backrow kill sealed the 2nd set 25-21. In the 3rd set, the Lions passing improved allowing more short sets keeping them edging slightly ahead 3-5, 8-9, and 9-11 despite another pair of Ryan Terra kills and ace. With Powell serving, there was a remarkable rally with dig after Gator dig, but the Lions got the sideout, and that seemed to rev them up. A pair of Lions aces was stopped by a 5th service error making it 10-15. Kills by Ariana Elliot and Willihnganz weren't enough as the Lions got it to 14-23. A nice Paik dig and Powell dump kill made it 16-23, but the Lions took the 3rd set 18-25. Perhaps sniffing a first league victory, the Lions came out energized in the 4th set taking a 3-8 lead before a Willihnganz backrow kill sparked a 3 point Gator rally. A Cummings block kill helped tie the set 11-11. Then it see-sawed back and forth to 22-23 and 23-24 with a Willihnganz kill, a Raeanne Rothgery tip kill, a Willihnganz kill, a Ryan Terra kill, a Cummings tip kill, and a Willihnganz kill. With the set on the line, a non-call on a Lions double led to the Lions taking the 4th set 23-25. In the 5th set, the Lions got loud as they pounced to a 2-7 lead. A Ryan Terra block kill stopped the run, and an Elliot tip kill edged the Gators closer. A Ryan Terra kill kept the set in reach 6-9. A Lions service error and Powell ace got the Gators to 9-11 before a pair of Lions aces gave the Lions an upset and first league win 9-15The Gators' finished their regular season 6-13 (2-8) and 56th in the state 4A rankings per Maxpreps



The Maxprep information can be found here.

Next up is a tournament Sat. Oct 28 in Golden