Experienced Columbine wears down Legacy volleyball

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 9/11/19

For the second contest in a row, the young Legacy volleyball team took on a veteran-led Columbine squad hoping to steal a win on the road. Despite competitive play early in all three sets, the Lady …

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Experienced Columbine wears down Legacy volleyball

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For the second contest in a row, the young Legacy volleyball team took on a veteran-led Columbine squad hoping to steal a win on the road.

Despite competitive play early in all three sets, the Lady Rebels (5-1) pulled away late in each, handing the Lady Lightning (1-4) their third-straight defeat.

In the opening set of the match, Columbine never trailed. Too much power at the front of the net from Columbine was led by junior Abi Nua, who proved a problem all evening for the smaller Legacy front.

“She’s (Nua) a great player,” Legacy second-year coach Nicole Coffey said postgame. “It’s extremely hard for us because we are extremely young. We are a little small up front, and I had five freshmen on the court today, so it’s that experience that we need to stick with somebody like her.”

With 11 of Columbine’s 13 on the roster being upperclassmen, Legacy had a difficult time closing out sets two and three in large part because of lack in experience. Half of the roster is made up of freshman, and the growing pains of learning to play consistently is expected of a group that will only improve through the season.

The Lady Lightning, however, did play much better ball in the second and third sets. Taking their first lead of the night at 6-5 in the second, the match was eye-to-eye until the 10-10 score. The Lady Rebels had their way down the stretch converting 15 of the last 20 points to take the second round.

In the third, more of the same as Legacy tied the match 10 times with Columbine, taking two leads in the set. Tied at 15, the Lady Rebels closed things out on a 10-2 run, leaving a sour taste in the mouth of the Lady Lightning who fought hard all night.

Headlining solid performances for the road team, junior Sarah Leonard and freshman Alynna Haggadone competed at the net throughout. Also, quality play from freshmen Alexandra Urbina and Morgan Anderson in the back-end have Legacy heading in the right direction.

“It’s going to take a lot to learn from games like this, and I think this is what they need to see. It’s good for the young kids to see play like that and learn from it to get experience of playing girls that can really hit it,” Coffey said.

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