Usually, it’s hard to take positives away from a defeat. However, Oct. 2 against undefeated Broomfield (11-0), the young Legacy volleyball squad captured plenty of confidence after showcasing …
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Usually, it’s hard to take positives away from a defeat. However, Oct. 2 against undefeated Broomfield (11-0), the young Legacy volleyball squad captured plenty of confidence after showcasing arguably their best performance of the year. The Broomfield Eagles took the contest in three sets, but they were pushed to the limit.
“I am so excited. That’s exactly what I told them in the huddle (after the game),” second-year Legacy coach Nicole Coffey said postgame. “I was like, ‘you guys, this team is undefeated, and we competed.’ We were there with them the first and third game, and it’s exciting to see. I’m stoked about it.”
The opening set didn’t begin how the Lady Lightning anticipated with a 4-0 Broomfield lead, but as the theme was all evening, Legacy fought back. Scoring four unanswered to tie things up, the youthful home team fed off the energy of their crowd in a hostile rivalry game. Scoring 15 of the next 23 points, the road team — behind the domination of senior Hope Hanak-Harper at the net — flexed their size. But Legacy made another run, cutting the lead to 24-23 behind sophomores Kayla Dayhuff and Cailea Caiozzi. The late surge was finally halted with a kill from Broomfield senior Kristina Consbruck to conclude set No. 1.
“I think she did a great job,” Coffey said of Caiozzi setting up her offense. “She’s such a smart player, and we have been practicing moving the front row around and running a quicker offense because we are shorter. She does a great job with that, she’s so consistent with the ball, and she knows how to run the offense.”
The following set didn’t go quite like the first one. Broomfield ended the game on a 17-6 run after Legacy took the lead three different times in the first seven points. Once again, height and killing ability of seniors Vicki Fankell, Cailyn Gasser and Hanak-Harper earned the Lady Eagles the set.
For the final set, advantages changed hands eight times with 14 ties as both teams continued to exchange blows. Taking a lead at 18-17, Legacy continued to fight in expectancy of stealing the set-win. In part to play from senior Hardy Makenna and freshman Alynna Haggadone upfront — sneaking shots past the lengthy opposition near the net — the Lady Lightning put the pressure on. However, once Broomfield retook the lead 19-18, the undefeated squad never looked back, ending the night on a 6-2 run.
“They were smart,” Coffey said of her under-sized girls at the net. “We are shorter upfront, and when we play against 6’2” girls, we have to be smart, and that’s what they were. We weren’t hitting straight into the wall every time, and they did great up there.”
Despite the defeat, growth for a roster loaded with five freshmen and a young nucleus puts the sky as the limit for a group progressing every contest. The result may not have been a W, but Legacy made strides last Wednesday.
“I think we got a lot of confidence (from this game). We have never competed at that level before in this program. For the freshmen, to be able to see we can compete with teams that are that good is huge.”
Legacy ended their week with win No. 5 of the season against Monarch, 3-2.
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