Lessons learned carry over for spikers
The lessons that were learned at the recent Colorado Crossroads Junior National Qualifier bore fruit as both of the Front Range Volleyball Club’s Mountain Division teams turned up the juice at last weekend’s RMR-USAV Power League No. 44 competition. Power No. 4, which was held at various locations on the Front Range, was the final league tourney prior to next weekend’s Rocky Mountain RegionUSAV Championships. And, the Mountain Division teams let it be known that they are ready. The 17’s
Playing at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, the FRVBC-Mountain Division 17’s dominated the competition as they posted a perfect 4-0 record in match play without losing a game during the tournament. Although Coach Aaron Shepardson had to alter his starting lineup due to player illness, the 17’s decimated the Westminster VBC 17’s, 25-13, 25-9, in the first match of the day. And, then, playing without their big freshman opposite, Kristin McGinty, they dispatched Flex 17’s of Boulder, 25-21, 25-19.That brought them to the final match of pool play against the Steamboat Springs VBC 17-under team. Due to the fact that some members of the FRVBC-Mountain Division 17’s are from both Battle Mountain and Glenwood Springs high schools, the final match of round robin took on the appearance of an established high school rivalry. Steady play and good concentration prevailed as the Mountain Division girls came out on top, 30-28. After that, great serving by both Sydney Nichols of Battle Mountain and Page Cottrell of Aspen picked apart the frustrated Steamboat squad to win the second game, and the match, 25-14, placing them in the Division Championship versus the Premier Volleyball Club of Fort Collins in a 25-points match. Behind the tremendous defensive play of Battle Mountain’s Kori Landauer, the Mountain Division girls easily defeated the Fort Collins squad, 25-18, to win the division.
The 15sAcross town, the FRVBC-Mountain Division 15’s were battling to secure a top-16 placement at next week’s RMR-USAV Regional Championships. Seeded last in their pool, the young Mountain Division team need at least a sixth-place finish to qualify for Division I play next week. Having moved up in divisional play after Power No. 3, Jolene Shepardson’s team found themselves facing formidable competition against teams that had been playing Division I caliber ball all season. The Mountain Division 15-under team wound up backed up against a wall after their first two losses of pool play. Finding themselves in a must-win situation against the CoVoCo 17’s of Pueblo, the FRVBC-Mountain Division 15’s brought forth tremendous focus to win the match in three games; and, then went on to defeat Colorado Classix of Colorado Springs in the crossover match to place fifth in the Division and qualify for Division I play at the regional championships.
The Front Range Volleyball Club-Mountain Division teams list players from the Vail Valley, Glenwood Springs, Aspen, and Summit County. Vail, Colorado
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