Coronado dominates in volleyball win over Colorado Springs Christian School

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Every point mattered.

So when Coronado's volleyball team found itself looking at a tied score in the third set of a nonconference match against Colorado Springs Christian School, the Cougars just couldn’t take the moment lightly. Even if they already had captured the first two sets.

“I didn’t have any questions in my mind once we sorted it out,” Coronado senior Mara Abernethy said.

It was a minor hiccup in a 25-17, 25-8, 25-14 win over the Lions on Saturday afternoon at Coronado. The 6-foot-2 Abernethy led with 13 kills, Delaney St. Pierre contributed eight kills, and the Cougars earned their seventh straight victory to improve 13-2 overall.

Junior Megan Engesser and sophomore Jubilee Diamond had seven and five kills, respectively, for the Lions (8-5). CSCS, which is 7-1 in the 3A Tri-Peaks League, was on a three-match winning streak.

Coronado also succeeded in other areas of the match, highlighted by Morgan Darnall’s three blocks, Bethany Heitland’s 15 digs and Jaelyn Hershberger’s four aces. The last stat, coach Stormie Wells said, was the key to the match.

“The best thing we can do, to get them out of their offense, is to serve tough,” the coach explained, “and maybe get a free ball or an easier attack and that allows us to set something up and do some things.”

The Cougars controlled the first two sets. The only time they were down then took place at the start of the match, as the Lions scored the first point. But Coronado ran into some trouble in the third game, when CSCS tied it up at 7-7.

“I think it was a matter of communications,” Abernethy said. “I think we weren’t communicating as best as we could, so when we refocused on communications and re-evaluated what we needed to focus on in that moment, I knew it would come all together.”

The Cougars went on to score to eight straight points and never looked back.

Lions coach Lori Currier said her team will learn from this loss.

“We’ve been struggling to play with energy and passion,” she said. “I think we were a little bit flat again. We just gotta keep working on wanting to play with energy.”