It’s not likely that Sydney Lecker meant any disrespect with her comments. Chatfield’s lone senior, though, figures the Lady Chargers have, excuse the pun, bigger fish to fry than Columbine.
“It’s not a team we worry about playing. It’s another game. We prepare for Doherty and Highlands Ranch and those bigger teams that go to state,” Lecker said following the Lady Chargers’ 25-17, 26-24, 25-16 5A Jeffco League-opening volleyball victory Sept. 19 at Chatfield Senior High. “Columbine is just another team on the road that we beat, and then we’re done with them.”
A season after advancing to the 12-team 5A state tournament, Chatfield (5-4, 1-0 5A Jeffco) is looking to get back there despite graduating the core of last year’s squad. But the cupboards are hardly bare for the 2013 Lady Chargers. There’s Lecker, juniors Anne-Liese Golletz, Tori Passarelli and Amelia Metzler, not to mention freshman Sierra Bartley, to name a few. They all played key roles in Chatfield’s win.
The Lady Chargers went on a 13-2 run to close the first set, then rallied after a timeout to score the final three points of a back-and-forth second set.
It’s matches like this, Chatfield Senior head coach Stephanie Schick said, that prepare her team for where they want to go.
“We do want to be able to compete with those teams, but we have to use matches like this in order to prepare for that,” Schick said. “Chatfield-Columbine is always something bigger than a match because it’s Chatfield-Columbine.”
Columbine dropped to 1-8 overall, 0-1 in league play. The Lady Rebels have lost six straight and haven’t won a set in any of those matches.
The Lady Rebels struggled to stay with Chatfield in the third set after Columbine took the lead 6-5 on Metzler’s serve, but overall Columbine head coach Melanie Watkins was pleased with the way her team played.
“Tonight was the first night where we actually played together as a team; we trusted each other,” Watkins said. “We’ve been struggling all season long to find a rhythm, battling injuries all season long.
“I feel good about the way we played the whole match. We had a match earlier this season where we kind of quit on each other, stopped trusting in each other. Tonight, they didn’t quit on each other.”
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