Legacy volleyball takes down Mountain Range

Lightning emerge from back-and-forth battle

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 9/26/18

Legacy didn’t waste any time in earning a four-set victory when they travelled to rivals Mountain Range Sept. 20. The win put the Lighting along the route to their sixth in 13 tries this season. …

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Legacy volleyball takes down Mountain Range

Lightning emerge from back-and-forth battle

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Legacy didn’t waste any time in earning a four-set victory when they travelled to rivals Mountain Range Sept. 20.

The win put the Lighting along the route to their sixth in 13 tries this season.

Mountain Range (5-4, 1-2 in conference) earned the first point in the game thanks to an ace serve from junior Alexandra Lukela in the first set.

After that, the Lady Lightning scored seven unanswered points to gain control with fantastic net protection and activity from the front line. In particular seniors, Jenna Wehrley, Bailee Newham, and sophomore Madison Crow excelled in the convincing 25-12 win.

Set two is when the Lady Mustangs made their adjustments and overcame multiple Legacy comeback attempts.

After taking a 4-1 lead in the set, MR and Legacy found themselves tied at four. Superb execution by Lukela and her teammates afterward displayed a 13-10 lead in favor of the Lady Mustangs.

Still, Legacy didn’t flinch, taking the lead back, 16-15. Their first lead since 1-0.

Back-and-forth these teams went, exchanging blows until MR found themselves with their largest lead of the night, 22-18. Legacy put together four straight points and tied things at 22; the home team then buckled down. Three consecutive points including a powerful spike by sophomore Melina Parker clinched the victory.

The final two sets: all Legacy.

Outscoring the Lady Mustangs 50-29 (25-11 set No. 3, 25-18 set No. 4), Legacy at times looked unstoppable. In the third set, MR’s deficit of 9-5 quickly grew to 15-5 as Lightening freshman Cailea Caiozzo put her squad in perfect position with five clutch serves.

Set No. 4 looked as if MR could have stolen one, leading 13-12, but Legacy’s torrid 7-1 run put all thoughts of a victory to rest.

The Lady Lightning led by Newham and Wehrley recorded 16 and 12 kills each. Seniors Brittany Baum and Emma Quarles followed with eight and six. Another senior, Lacy Carson recorded a team-high 27 digs. Baum and Quarles also recorded a team-leading two blocks and 29 assists respectively.

For MR, Parker shined, especially finishing kills around the net. Lukela and senior Alexi Vaughn performed well at the back-end of the unit in the defeat.

Legacy hopes to extend their winning streak when they travel to Lousville to play Monach Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Mountain Range travels to Boulder at 6:30 on Sept. 27.

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