Local volleyball teams find success
Although the young, Gypsum-based squad had defeated the Avalanche team earlier in the year at the Lightning Invitational in Gypsum, the Lightning secured the bragging rights by defeating the older Avalanche players on their way to their third divisional title in four different Power League tourneys.
Seeded in the same round of pool play to start the tournament, the Lightning defeated the Edwards-based Avalanche in two straight games, 25-16; 25-18 to round out a perfect pool-play record of 3-0. They then defeated the Pikes Peak U-16-1’s of Colorado Springs 2-0 in the championship match to win the division.
The Lightning 16’s, comprised of players from around the Vail Valley, include Nichole Lindroth (Battle Mountain); Lindsey Wright and Aubrey Apple (Vail Mountain); and Whitney Donahue and Kenzie Shreeve (Eagle Valley) have, steadily, risen through the ranks of Rocky Mountain Region USAV play to compete with 17-under and 18-under teams. The Lightning is doing all of this, while playing without substitutions.
In other action, the Avalanche VBC’s U-14’s captured their division at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, by defeating the Black Forest VBC U-14 TUTU Toucans of Colorado Springs in the championship match, 25-14.
The Avalanche U-14’s started the tournament with a 25-18, 26-24 win against the Lightning U-14’s. The Avalanche continued by beating the Flex 14’s 25-14 and 26-16, before falling to Morgan County. But that was still good enough to earn the No. 1-seed and a berth in the title game, which they won.
The Avalanche U-14’s include Molly Anderson, Britney Brown, Della Elich, Kendra Havlik, Allie O’Connor, Nicole Penwill, Kim Salazar, Sarah Simmons and Sydney Nichols. The team is coached by Tammy Vanwyk and Chris Webb.
The Lighting U-14-1’s finished fourth in the same division. As well, the Avalanche 12’s won their second-straight divisional title by defeating the Thundercats U-12’s of Littleton. The Avalanche U-16-1’s also finally broke through, taking second in Tier I/Division-11 action.
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