Thornton volleyball sweeps Aurora Central

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For the eighth time this season, the Thornton volleyball team pulled out a victory in straight sets. The Trojans swept Aurora Central on senior night, 25-9, 25-14 and 25-18, Oct. 3 at Thornton High School.

Thornton’s triumph improved their record to 12-4 overall, 2-3 in league. The Trojans are in sixth place in the 5A East Metro League, while Northglenn is just in front of them in fifth place.

Head coach Lisa Sauner said this match was a good experience for the girls and wants to be ranked higher in their league.

“We’ve got to start taking every opportunity to make steps toward our next level goal,” Sauner said. “We’ve got to take these games that are still important and learn from them and quicken up our offense.”

The offense looked good against Aurora Central as junior Kelsey Gabler had 10 kills in the match. Gabler leads Thornton with 157 kills so far in the season and 211 digs.

The junior has been on the varsity squad since her freshman year.

“Kelsey is a very strong hitter and a very experienced player,” Sauner said. “She’s very coachable and she works well with every setter we have on the court.”

Junior Allegra Collette played a good serving game with six aces during the match with 18 total serves. The Trojans gained four points in the second set while Collette was serving and five in the third.

“She’s a very versatile player,” Sauner said of Collette. “She can play all positions necessary, but she’s been learning and growing every season she’s been in this program.”

Sauner said the Trojans have been pretty successful thus far in the 2013 season and have taken something from each game as a learning experience.

Thornton has had some tough defeats including games against Gateway and Rangeview when they were swept 3-0.

The final stretch on the Trojans schedule will be tough since they still have to play Brighton Oct. 22 who’s 5-0 in league. However first they will travel Oct. 10 to play against Northglenn.

“We’ve had some heart-breaking losses of course, but we’ve been able to learn from them and make changes necessary to move on to the next game,” Sauner said.