Health pivotal to Mountain Range v-ball turnaround

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 7/31/19

Last season was a frustrating one for Lady Mustangs’ volleyball. Under then first-year head coach, Peter Silvaggio, MR finished their year 2-16 after winning four of their first five contests. As …

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Health pivotal to Mountain Range v-ball turnaround

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Last season was a frustrating one for Lady Mustangs’ volleyball. Under then first-year head coach, Peter Silvaggio, MR finished their year 2-16 after winning four of their first five contests. As year No. 2 approaches, Silvaggio and his youthful group hope to rebound to a successful clip in 2019.

Five seniors will anchor the Mountain Range roster in Alexandra Lukela, Eli Lukela, Katelyn Vega, Aline Zalva and Kat Cardoso. The Lukela twins will be leaned on heavily to provide ball-control and leadership according to Silvaggio.

Playing style-wise, running a quick offense is a must for Silvaggio’s scheme. After a season where four of the seven starters missed some or most of the games, health and availability may be the biggest key to a turnaround. MR anticipates improving drastically on their 1-11 record in conference play.

Also, another year older for a lot of athletes is of extreme importance, especially at MR.

Being the only Adams 12 High School that has two freshmen volleyball teams, growth and development in Year 1 must happen with middle school sports not existing at the school. Soon-to-be sophomore, Jamison Horan, was last year’s lone freshman on the varsity roster. As the setter, her role will be amplified in her second season under Silvaggio. Juniors Makenna Reinert and Melina Parker will be counted on even more for asserting themselves above the net

When asked about what the goals are for his team in 2019, Silvaggio stated, “Health, qualifying for the postseason and understanding that peace of mind comes from knowing you’ve done everything you can possibly do to perform your best.”

Coming off a third-place finish in the Adams 12 District Boys Volleyball State Finals in May, Silvaggio hopes to keep riding momentum into the fall season with the Lady Mustangs.

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