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Falcons snag Diggers in 3 sets

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By Alissa Noe

EVERGREEN — Oh, what a difference a year can make.

Throughout much of last season, the Front Range Christian volleyball team struggled to get a win. This year, it’s middle of the pack in a tough Mile High League.

On Oct. 2 at Clear Creek High School, that monumental improvement on the court shone through as the Falcons downed the Golddiggers in three sets.

Head coach Jon Moore chalks the Falcons’ newfound strength up to a year of practice, which started just before last season.

“I think it’s hard work,” Moore noted. “Last year, we only got the team two weeks before the season, so we didn’t have much time to prep. We’ve been working hard and the whole team’s been working really, really hard. … It’s been exciting to see the girls progress.”

During the Clear Creek game, the Falcons exhibited excellent communication and cohesion, something that stumped the Diggers in their first two sets.

In their first set, the Diggers and Falcons stayed close early, but a 7-0 Front Range run tilted the tide in the opponents’ favor. The Diggers eventually fell, 25-16.

From there on out, the Diggers found their rhythm and wouldn’t let Front Range Christian off the hook easily. Once the second set began, Clear Creek found its consistency, which is something that has evaded it throughout much of the year.

“I feel like we really worked on it, and we didn’t want to give up. We want to fight,” senior libero Carla Gonzalez said. “Even when we are losing, we still give our 100 percent, which is really cool and really fun. We’re all just in it for the fun in our team and everything, so I think that’s really affecting our play on the court.”

Midway through the second, after going down 13-9, the Diggers ignited a run that made the Falcons sweat. In doubling their opponent’s scoring tangent, they gained a 19-18 advantage but couldn’t hold on to it. They eventually fell, 25-20.

In its third and final game of the night, Clear Creek never gave up. It went up 23-18 late, but the Falcons decided they were ready to go home. Following a 7-0 Front Range Christian run, everything was said and done.

“I just love this team,” Gonzalez said. “It’s so much fun being with them. These are my best friends; people I’ve grown up with are on this team. … This team is my family.”

With the win and four subsequent losses, the Falcons sat at 8-11 to finish out the regular season.

In the end, it seemed like all of last year’s struggles paid off in the long run.

“Win or lose, we always praise God, and I think it’s a more cohesive team this year,” Moore said. “Our league is, I think, the toughest league in the state. It’s going to be a challenge for us, but I think we’ll be ready.”