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Passing on The Torch- Leaving A Legacy of Success

After two days of tryouts, the 2019 volleyball teams were chosen, and the next day, 42 girls walked into the gym. From the beginning, we knew that our varsity team was going to be one of the most memorable teams that the volleyball program has seen in years. However, two weeks into the season, we became memorialized for another reason: Glenwood Springs. The infamous retreat led to a major change in the coaching staff. This seemed to be the end of the season—a sign that the team was destined to be nothing more than petty gossip. Within a day, Ms. Post became the new head coach. Thanks to her unrelenting determination to make sure our season didn’t end, she found Mrs. Morgan to fill in for JV and Mr. Thompson for Varsity. The season, despite a rocky start, was back on track.

Our first game was against a team that had continually beaten us in the past: Conifer. The support of the Swamp fueled our determination to start off the season on a high note, and we did. In four sets, our communication and the athleticism of our players scored us a major win.

The week of homecoming always contains the most exciting game, and this year we played our biggest rival: Golden. Initially, we believed that there was no possibility of beating Golden in less than five sets. But after winning the first two, we knew we were capable of taking the next set. As the crowd cheered louder than they ever have, the game concluded with a win, 3-0 Gators.

Towards the end of the season, Coach Thompson realized that playoffs, a feat that had not been obtainable in 12 years, was insight for our team. If we won the next four games, the possibility of a postseason was more than just a dream. We swept through Green Mountain, Littleton, Wheatridge, and on Halloween night, we secured the victory from Golden. Standley Lake High School placed third in the league and 30th in the 4A rankings. For the first time since 2002, girls volleyball had reached the postseason.

The day of playoffs arrived, varsity players and swingers drove three hours down to Pueblo. We faced off against Pueblo West and Silvercreek, the 7th and 18th seeds in the state. Ultimately, we lost against both, even though we played our best games of the season. Although others assumed that sadness would encroach the team, we knew that we were leaving a legacy for the program to pursue in the following years. The previous motto of being “Just Gators,” had been obliterated by the success of our hard work.

Dani Powell, Erin Paik, Jasmine Cummings, Maria Torsegni, and Brandy O'Donnell took charge of the reigns of the program. Without our seniors as leaders, we would have collapsed under the looming league matches, as well as playoffs. Not only did they give us the ambition and drive to compete, but they also gave us hope for a better future. Birthing from the ashes of the Glenwood events, a vision rose. From achieving our 4-2 goal to making playoffs for the first time in over a decade, the legacy created in our swampy gym will never leave the hearts of those who had the honor of witnessing it.

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