For volleyball, winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing

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Justin Morris, Review Staff

Feature Photo By: Vanessa GuerecaSenior Jaelin Jones prepares to kill the ball. The Rangeview volleyball team finished 1st in their league this season. 

Through an absolute roller coaster of a season, Rangeview volleyball ultimately captured a spot in the 2016 playoffs. The Lady Raider’s definitely put themselves in a deep hole to start the season, dropping six of their first eight games during a tough non-conference. Despite this, they were able to bounce back. They are currently on a nine game winning streak and undefeated in league, highlighted by a key league win against Brighton. As they continue into their league schedule, winning is the only thing on their minds. This year’s senior-led squad has shown that it is capable of dealing with adversity.

“We just need more communication,” said senior captain Tyler Speller. Speller, who has played on varsity all four years at Rangeview, feels she can help calm her team under pressure. “If someone makes an error, we just have to work on not worrying about it and keeping it in their heads, we have to move forward,” Speller explained.

Colleen Kimball, also a senior who has been on varsity all four years, said, “We write the number of games we need to win on our wrists, that helps us stay focused.”

Head coach Doug Walker, who has led his team to three straight winning seasons is perhaps the one feeling the most pressure to win. Walker stated, “We need to play with some desire and confidence, bring the intensity to practice and stay focused.”

Rangeview begins their championship quest this week, with a first round matchup against Denver East, followed by Highlands Ranch to begin the playoffs. For more on Rangeview volleyball’s schedule, stats, scores and more, visit:

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