Local spikers almost sweep competition
With the exception of one opening match of the day, the Front Range Volleyball Club’s Mountain Division 15’s and 17’s turned in stellar performances last weekend at the Rocky Mountain Region-USAV Power League No. 3 held at various locations on the Front Range.
Playing at Regis University, the FRVBC-Mountain Division 15’s rolled over the competition as they compiled a perfect 4-0 match record for the day to finish first in their division. Eagle resident and head coach Jolene Shepardson’s young team had its hands full right from the beginning. Starting the day versus KWVBC of Casper, Wyo., the 15-under team was taken to the limit by the strong Wyoming juniors, finally winning 17-15 in the tiebreaker.
After that early wake-up call, the Mountain Division girls won their next two matches against Juggernaut VBC 15’s of Wheatridge and Crush VBC of Aurora to win their pool and advance to the one-game-to-25 points championship crossover match against the Colorado Classix Juniors 15’s. Once again, Shepardson’s team had all they could handle as the Classix Juniors forced long rallies and numerous score ties before the Mountain Division proved its competitive mettle to win the Division 26-24.
Across town, playing at Colorado Christian University, the FRVBC’s Mountain Division 17’s were having an equally impressive tournament. Despite losing their opening match to the Panhandle VBC 17’s of Scotts Bluff, Neb., head coach Aaron Shepardson’s team finished the day 3-1.In the second match of pool play, the Mountain Division 17-under team found itself giving huge leads to Morgan County VBC 17’s before clawing back to win the match. In the first game, Morgan County’s jumped out to a 20-13 lead. Behind Battle Mountain junior Sydney Nichols’ solid serving and hitting, the young Mountain Division team rallied back to win, 25-20.
In the second game, Morgan County once again ran to a 19-14 lead before Shepardson’s team pulled together defensively to take the game, and the match, 25-22.After defeating the Flex VBC 17’s of Boulder in yet another match that went three games, the Mountain Division 17’s found themselves having to dig deep to defeat the HRVBC 17’s of Highlands Ranch, 25-22, to take third in their division.Vail, Colorado