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Lady Eagles enjoy victory at home and on the road

Gilpin trounces Twin Peaks Charter and South Park

by Patty Unruh

Gilpin’s varsity volleyball athletes celebrated two wins last week as they squared off against the Twin Peaks Charter Academy Timberwolves and the South Park Burros.  Twin Peaks (Longmont) visited the Gilpin Lady Eagles on Friday night, September 28 in a conference contest. The Eagles won 3-0, with set scores of 25/12, 25/14, and 25/21. The triumph improves their season record to 5-8, 3-4 in league play. The Timberwolves have a record of 3-9, winning 2 of their 5 league games.

It didn’t take long for the Eagles to get in their stride during the game. The battle went back and forth early in each of the first two sets, but Gilpin was able to open up commanding leads by mid-period and shot ahead 19-8 in set one. Multiple kills by Nicole Adams and Jasmine Crook-Arends, along with serving aces by Bailey Hobson-Kroll, Adams, Crook-Arends, and Courtney Holmes overwhelmed the Timberwolves. Twin Peaks put a couple more points on the board, but the set ended 25/12 Gilpin.

There were a few anxious moments for Gilpin in set two, though. The teams were tied at 7-7. Twin Peaks began to pull ahead and led by several points, and it looked like the Timberwolves stood a good chance to win. The Eagles were not ready to give up, however, and in a come-from-behind moment began to turn the game around. The score tied again at 14-14, but Twin Peaks was not able to score again. From that point the Eagles took command, quickly putting points on the board until they had achieved the magic “25.”

The third set was more of a match, with Twin Peaks doing a better job of getting their game on. Gilpin held the lead during the whole period and in some cases opened gaps of 5 points or more, but a series of errors by Gilpin near the close of the match made the fans a little nervous. The game was at 21-15 in favor of the Eagles. A few serves were hit into the net, and the Timberwolves began to catch up until it was 24-20. Only one point to go to win it, and Gilpin couldn’t afford many more fluffs.

The crowd was on its feet. Twin Peaks scored again – 24-21. Come on, Gilpin! Finally, the Timberwolves smashed the ball out of bounds, and the game was over.

Gilpin boasted 28 kills during the game to Twin Peaks’ 7 and came in with 11 serving aces, while Twin Peaks had just 5. Twin Peaks mustered 9 blocks, however, while Gilpin had none. The Eagles got in 49 digs and 20 ball handling assists.

The Lady Eagles went to Fairplay on September 27 to meet the South Park Burros, winning 3-1 in that non-league game. South Park has a 3-10 record this season, with a 1-1 league tally. Hobson-Kroll and Adams were Gilpin’s kills leaders for that contest, with 11 each. Hobson-Kroll, Adams, Arends, Holmes, Claire Diekman, and Sarah Trujillo all contributed serving aces. Hobson-Kroll and Holmes were tops in digs, with 20 and 11 respectively. Trujillo had 32 ball handling assists. The team had 65 serve receptions.

The Lady Eagles host Heritage Christian on Thursday, October 4, beginning at 4:00 p.m. and travel to Kiowa on Friday, October 5.

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