Atha, Petri McGinnis and Richmond

Mady Atha, center, sets up a teammate off serve receive at Lexi Petri (7), Sage McGinnis (9) and Tanner Richmond (10).

The Buena Vista High School Lady Demons went 2-1 in a busy week of Tri-Peaks League volleyball.

They dropped an exciting home set to St. Mary’s Sept. 24 3-2, and then swept Trinidad 3-0 on the road on Thursday.

They were back home to host the La Junta Lady Tigers Saturday when it again took five games again to determine the match outcome. This time the host Demons came out on top winning the final game 15-11.

All indication entering the matchup with St. Mary’s was that the two teams were very even. Play confirmed those indicators. Buena Vista started slowly with tentative play in the first game and lost 25-16.

They battled through it and came out on top 25-21 in the second. St. Mary’s answered the call to score another 25-16 win in the third game and make the match 2-1.

The host Lady Demons really got the momentum going in the fourth game and put the Lady Pirates away quickly 25-13.

The fifth and deciding game is played to 15.

The teams chose to play from the same side of the net as they had been on in the fourth game and the deciding game started just as the fourth was going when Buena Vista jumped out and had a 13-10 lead.

The home team’s next serve was over the back line giving St. Mary’s side-out and the rotation brought their big hitter to the front line with the score 13-11.

With that rotation the Lady Pirates were able to serve out the game to win 15-13 and score the match win 3-2.

“We had a slow start but then came alive in the fourth,” said coach Jamie Page. “In the fifth we had a good lead, but missed a serve that rotated their big hitter to the front and they came back for the win.”

Longtime Cheyenne Mountain High School Dave Barkely, now at the helm of St. Mary’s said after the game, “These two teams could play 10 times and each would win five.”

Maddy Atha led the team with 26 digs, and Tanner Richmond had five aces against a great passing team. Maddison Wagner had 10 kills for the match.

“We had one of our highest serve percentages at 91 percent,” said Page.

The team made the long road trip to Trinidad on Thursday and started a little sluggish.

After working through some service and passing errors, they got going to win the match 25-21, 25-21 and 25-12.

Maddy McFee led the team with 12 kills while making only two errors. Lindsey Pratt had 19 assists and Hadley Ross came off the bench to score the game winning kill in the third.

Saturday’s home match with La Junta seemed to be a replay of Tuesday’s with St. Mary’s except that the host Lady Demons got off to the fast start, scoring a 25-10 win in the first game.

La Junta shook off the long bus ride to fight back for a 25-20 win in the second.

Buena Vista took the early lead in the third game and won convincingly, 25-16.

The key for the day was getting the early game lead and the Lady Tigers did that in the important fourth game and stopped Buena Vista from closing it out by scoring a 25-17 victory.

This time the teams rotated ends and Buena Vista played from the side of the net where they started the afternoon’s match.

It worked out best for them. They took the game lead and the pattern continued as they won the 15-11.

Sage McGinnis had a solid afternoon, scoring 19 kills with Pratt right behind with 18. Wagner used her length along the net to add 12 of her own.

Lexi Petri served 100 percent from behind the back line and contributed 16 digs in the match.

Buena Vista evened its overall record to 5-5 and 5-1 in Tri-Peaks League play. That puts them in line behind Colorado Springs Christian School and Lamar, both undefeated in league play. Next in the standings are St. Mary’s and Buena Vista with 5-1 records.

The Lady Demons play only once during the week with a Tuesday game at Ellicott.

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