Hoping to snap their two-game losing streak, Northglenn (6-15, 3-6 in conference) couldn’t surpass conference leader, Vista Peak (14-2 8-0 in conference), in the 3-set win for the Lady Bison at …
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Hoping to snap their two-game losing streak, Northglenn (6-15, 3-6 in conference) couldn’t surpass conference leader, Vista Peak (14-2 8-0 in conference), in the 3-set win for the Lady Bison at Northglenn High School Oct. 24.
Setting the tone from the get-go, VP utilized their height-advantage over the Lady Norse in the 25-10 the opening set, despite the front-line of the home team fighting hard.
The second set, however, VP didn’t hold back, jumping out to an 11-0 start. Led by the play at the net from Seairra Hughes, Mikayla Jones, Lindsay Fernandez, Kirsten Anderson and Jen Crawford, the Norse couldn’t contain the aggressive unit — doing quick work of Northglenn with a 25-6 score.
“I think it is always hard when you are in a sport where you have athletes that are taller than you, especially in volleyball,” Northglenn coach Stacy Corn said postgame. “I don’t necessarily think (height) was the problem tonight, though. I think the problem was not having confidence from the beginning. Once we were behind four or five points, it’s hard to get that momentum back, so I thought that was more of the issue. Yes, they are a good team — I don’t want to discredit that — but I think it was probably our nerves or something along those lines.”
After the sluggish start, Northglenn responded by gathering the lead once at 4-3 on a long-point win in set No. 3. Also, tying the contest four separate times in the first 10 points, the Lady Norse recorded kills from seniors Malia Lo and Elizabeth Gurgel in that period. However, a 6-1 run for Vista Peak after the 5-5 tie put Northglenn in a bind they couldn’t get out of in the 25-11 final.
“I think the biggest thing is the girls have to show up. I keep telling them it’s just volleyball, they just need to play volleyball, and I think they were making it a lot harder on themselves than they needed to. Showing up with that confidence that they are a good volleyball team, that they do know how to play their positions, I think, is huge mentally. Being mentally prepared to play, I think, is the huge difference for sure,” Corn said.
Playing well in spirts, Gurgel — as she has done all year — led the offense to some opportunities laying her body on the line and diving for spikes from the VP attack all evening. The tallest player on the roster for Northglenn in Emeline Tineo Gonzalez also battled up front with help from Lo and junior Kayla Lanich.
Northglenn looks to break back into the win column Tuesday and Thursday — in their final two matches — against Adams City and Brighton respectively.
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