Lady Panthers win 5th straight Frontier League title
Middle Park’s lady Panthers secured their fifth straight Frontier League Championship over the weekend defeating the Bennett Tigers in a late Saturday matchup in Granby.
The lady Panthers have been on a roll lately and wrapped up the Frontier League Tournament with an undefeated 11-0 league record. Their overall record, 14-4, was marred by early season losses but the Panthers have not lost a single match since early September when they were last defeated by the lady Spartans of Thomas Jefferson.
They are currently riding a 12 match winning streak, which the Panthers have dominated winning 36 sets while losing just eight. Their performance last week in the Frontier League Tournament saw the girls from Granby winning 12 sets while losing just once, during their championship match against Bennett.
The action got underway last Thursday as the Panthers squared off against Bruce Randolph’s lady Grizzlies. The Panthers made quick work of the Grizzlies, defeating their opponents in three straight sets while outscoring their opponents 75-12. Their second match of the tournament, against The Pinnacle, proved to be a more difficult contest for the Panthers who found tougher competition from the lady Timberwolves. The Panthers still defeated their Federal Heights counterparts in three straight sets but the final point tally, 75-59.
The second round of the Frontier League Tournament continued Saturday morning in Granby with Panthers taking on Westminster based school The Academy. The Panthers defeated the lady Wildcats in three straight sets once again wrapping up their performance with a 75-41.
The Frontier League Championship match between Middle Park and Bennett was held Saturday afternoon and kicked off with the lady Tigers taking an early lead over the ladies from East Grand, winning the first set 25-22. The Panthers bounced back quickly though and secured championship win with three straight set wins defeating the Tigers 25-14, 25-14, and 25-13 for a final overall point tally of 97-66.
Middle Park’s head volleyball coach, Donette Schmiedbauer, extolled the hard work and perseverance her athletes have shown this season.
“The biggest thing that has made them successful and will continue to give them life successes is their drive to never give up,” Schmiedbauer stated. “In over half the matches we have played this season, we have either lost the first set or been down greater than three points through many games and they have never given up.”
Schmiedbauer said the Panther girls have played with “heart and determination”.
Looking ahead the Panthers are gearing up for a series of matches this weekend in Buena Vista for the Heart of the Rockies VB Invitational. Following that tournament state regionals will be held. The state’s top 12 teams will host regionals on Nov. 3. The Panthers are currently seeded eighth in 3A volleyball though their performances over the next week will determine their final seeding position for the season. After regionals are completed the top teams will then go on to compete in the state volleyball tournament, held Nov. 8 through Nov. 10.
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