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Evergreen front line blocks CHS

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Lady Cougars off to a fast league start after stifling the short-handed Lobos

By Michael Hicks

CONIFER — For the most part, the difference between Evergreen’s volleyball program and Conifer’s is minuscule. But if one wants to find a decisive advantage, it would have to be the Lady Cougars’ strength on the front line, especially with players such as Andrea Eddy.
Only a sophomore, Eddy is an imposing figure on the court. She was a major factor in Evergreen’s attack, recording a match-high 13 kills in a 26-24, 25-21, 25-18 win over host Conifer on Sept. 26 at Conifer High School.
“I think Andrea is a consistently good hitter. We put up a strong block on the outside on their outside hitters,” said junior Hanna Bailey, who finished with five blocked shots. “Our defense did a good job of keeping everything off the floor.”
Evergreen (5-6, 3-0 4A Jeffco League), which opened the season with a predominately 5A schedule, extended its winning streak to four straight.
The Lady Cougars rallied from five points down late in the opening set to score 10 of the final 13 points for an early lead. Eddy and Bailey were, in particularly, front and center in leading the charge.
“They gained confidence and played hard together as a team. We played more aggressively than they did,” Evergreen head coach Andrea Wood said.
The second set, like the first, had a familiar feel, with Conifer ahead late only to see the Lady Cougars score the final six points for a two-set-to-none lead. The third set was all Evergreen, as the Cougars never trailed after jumping out to a 6-0 advantage.
Freshman Marissa Hoerman had 14 digs, while junior Kelly Murphy added 11. In all, Evergreen finished with 53 digs. Junior Taylor Tremaine had a match-best 13 assists.
Conifer (6-6, 1-2), which has dropped two straight, came into the match short-handed after losing sophomore starter Mackenzie Blair to a concussion two nights earlier. The injury forced the Lady Lobos into some lineup changes, bringing freshman Kenna Ulfig up from the JV squad.
Sophomore Greta Gohring led Conifer with a team-best four kills.

Contact Michael Hicks at sports@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 15.