By Craig Harper
For the Courier
LAKEWOOD — The Evergreen volleyball team didn’t make the leap it had hoped for against Green Mountain in the 4A Jeffco League tournament championship match. But sometimes little steps can be encouraging, too.
The Lady Cougars rebounded somewhat from an Oct. 4 sweep to the Lady Rams and won one game in the Oct. 23 title match, bowing 25-15, 25-18, 18-25, 25-18 before a raucous crowd at the Green Mountain gym.
The setback denied Evergreen an automatic spot in this week’s regionals, and four shutouts in last weekend’s Cheyenne Mountain Invitational to No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain, No. 7 Valor Christian, No. 25 Mesa Ridge and 5A Liberty dropped the Cougars to 9-14, ending any hopes for postseason play.
“Winning one game is good,’’ said Evergreen first-year head coach Andrea Wood.
“That’s really important. It showed that we wouldn’t give up and that we’re really a strong team,” added sophomore outside hitter Claudia Wall, who led Evergreen with 12 kills.
Evergreen’s main goal the second time around against Green Mountain was to slow down the Rams’ Dani Potter, who had 17 kills in the first match. Potter had 20 kills in the rematch, and was especially effective as the Lady Rams took the first two sets.
The Lady Cougars did a better job denying Potter kill opportunities in the third game. Evergreen closed the third set on a 12-2 run fueled mainly by Wall, with sophomore standout Andrea Eddy building toward her 10 kills for the match.
But, “We made too many errors the last game to win it,” Wood said. “We (slowed Potter) in the third game, not so much in the other ones.”