Your Standley Lake Lady Varsity Gators competed in the Golden HS tournament on 10/28/17.

The day started a bit off-kilter as the coaches' Starbucks coffee order came with cayenne pepper to throw a wrinkle in the start. In the 1st match, the Gators faced the Mountain View Mountain Lions (13-6, 9-5) and kept it close until it was 12-13 with a Dani Powell ace, a Lauren Willihnganz kill, Zoe Ryan Terra kills, anAriana Elliot kill, a Jasmine Cummings tip kill, and an Elliot tip kill and block kill. A Mountain Lion ace and Gator under the net call aided a Mountain Lion 5 point run. A Cummings tip kill stopped the run, but another 6 point Mountiain Lion run, another Cummings tip kill, and a sideout ended it 15-25. In the 2nd set, The Gators got it to 6-7 before a 8 point Mountain Lion run with a pair of aces made it 7-17.

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(Lauren Willihnganz attacks.)

Cummings tip kill stopped the run, but another 8 point Mountain Lion run ended the set and match 8-25

In the 2nd match, the Gators faced the Skyline Falcons (0-19, 0-14). The match see-sawed back and forth to a 11-11 tie on a Ryan Terra kill, Cammy Schmelzer ace, and a Ryan Terra kill. A Cummings ace was followed by a pair of 4 point Falcon runs. A Gator 3 point run with a Willihnganz ace closed the gap. Another Gator 4 point run with a pair of Schmelzer aces, a great Willihnganz dig which led to an Elliot kill tied it up 20-20. A Ryan Terra kill and a 3 point Gator run with a Cummings tip kill and a great Erin Paik dig relieved the tension with a 25-22 1st set Gator win. In the 2nd set, a Willihnganz ace, a trio of Ryan Terra kills, and a Willihnganz tip kill helped get it to 11-10.

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

The Falcons rattled off a 5 point run to gain the advantage. A Willihnganz kill, a well-placed Jamie Zimmerman tip kill, and Paik ace closed the gap 16-17. A nice Schmelzer dig, a Ryan Terra ace, and a Willihnganz kill helped tie it 20-20. Then feisty rallies and a Willihnganz tip kill got it to 21-23 before a Ryan Terra kill and an Ari Walker ace ended it 25-23.

As a result of the pool play, the Gators played in the Silver bracket and faced the Mead Mavericks (5-16, 3-11). The 1st set stayed close to 16-14 with a Willihnganz kill, a Cummings tip kill, a Ryan Terra tip kill, a Willihnganz backrow kill, a Powell kill, a nice Ryan Terra dig, a Schmelzer ace, another Willihnganz kill, and a Paik dig/kill. Then the Mavericks got a 5 point run with a Gator double call and and an ace. The Gators battled with a Willihnganz kill and good digs by Willihnganz and Powell, but the Mavericks prevailed 20-25.

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(Lauren Willihnganz attacks.)

In the 2nd set, the Gators got a Ryan Terra backrow kill and another kill to trigger a 5 point Gator run with a Walker freeball kill and ace to start 6-3. A Ryan Terra kill, Powell tip kill, and a Cummings tip kill made it 11-6. A sweet Powell block kill, another nice Powell block, a Willihnganz kill, an Walker kill, a Cummings tip kill, and a strong Ryan Terra cross court kill kept the Gators ahead and they took the 2nd set 25-19. In the 3rd set, the Gators kept edging ahead 2-0, 6-5, 8-6, and 10-8 with a nice Ryan Terra dig followed by a Willihnganz kill, a Walker tip kill, great Powell dig off the net, a Elliott tip kill, Cummings tip kill, Ryan Terra kill, and Paik backrow kill until a Maverick 4 point run. The Gators tied it 12-12 with a Powell ace. Then a close play with the down ref initially signalling in on a Gator attack and the line judge seemingly not able to make a call perhaps not seeing the play. No conference between the refs followed which resulted in a replay call. Hmmm. A sideout ensued, and a Maverick point made it match point 12-14. The Gators responded with a Ryan Terra backrow kill, but the set and match ended with a Maverick point to make it 13-15.

In the final match of the season, the Gators got a rematch against the Littleton Lions (6-15, 1-9). The match started close with a Ryan Terra backrow kill and a Willihnganz ace, before a Ryan Terra block kill revved up the team. A Lions timeout wasn't enough to stop the 13 point Gator run with another Ryan Terra kill, Cummings block followed by a tip kill, another Cummings tip kill, two Schmelzer aces, another Ryan Terra kill, and a Powell dump kill to make it 17-5. With the lead, the Gators kept the Lions at bay with terrific blocks by Raeanne Rothgery and Ryan Terra. An Elliott kill sealed the 1st set win 25-14. In the 2nd set, the Lions took a 0-2 lead. A Gator sideout and a Powell ace tied it. A Lions sideout was followed by a 6 point Gator run on a Willihnganz kill, downball kill, and ace, a Zimmerman kill, and a terrific Willihnganz dig. After another Lions sideout, the Gators roared back with 5 point run powered by a Rothgery kill, a Schmelzer ace, a Gigi Tucker kill, and a trio of sweet saves by Schmelzer, Powell, and Zimmerman to make it 13-4. After a Lions sideout, the Gators got another 5 point run with a Tucker kill, terrific Schmelzer dig followed by a Cummings tip kill, and another Cummings tip kill making it 18-5. The Lions would not go easily as they battled back despite a nice Paik dig, and a Ryan Terra backrow kill to get it to 23-17. A Rothgery block kill and Schmelzer ace helped end the set, match, and season on a good note with a 2nd set 25-17 final score. With the result, the Gators' finished their regular season 8-15 (2-8) and 53rd in the state 4A rankings per Maxpreps and 7th in the JeffCo 4A league


The Maxprep information can be found here.