Lady Panthers poised for post-season play |

Lady Panthers poised for post-season play

Middle Park's Evelina Reventaite puts a block on Bennett's Chandler Babi during last week's game in Granby.
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The Middle Park volleyball team has shown that they are a force to be reckoned with on the court. The team has boasted an impressive 13-6 record so far this season as well as a perfect 8-0 record in league games, and they are ready to continue showing their skills as they begin their post season run this weekend.

The Lady Panthers begin the first round of their post season run on Saturday, Oct. 18, during the Frontier League tournament. The team will battle some pretty difficult opponents in an attempt to maintain their No. 1 league position and secure a spot in the regional bracket. Saturday’s preliminary tournament will pit the four best teams in the league against each other to see who holds the top spot in the league.

Middle Park hosted KIPP Denver Collegiate and Sheridan on Thursday to kick off this league tournament. With a win, the Panthers will most likely host other top seeds Bennett, Clear Creek, and The Academy (these teams also hosted their own pools on Thursday to determine seeding for Saturdays tournament). The Panthers have already beaten many of the league’s toughest opponents in regular season games and believe that clinching the top spot will be achievable.

This is head coach Katelyn Lapham’s first year coaching at Middle Park, and she has proven her worth so far with an outstanding record. The Panthers also have a very young team — over half of the varsity members are freshmen.

Having such a young team can create a challenge because of their lack of experience; however, Coach Lapham believes that her team has overcome these experience barriers just fine.

“There is a major learning curve when you transition into high school volleyball, the teams and players are much better than these girls are used to playing, but they seem to have adapted well,” Coach Lapham said.

She also discussed team building as a major factor in the girls’ success.

“We have done a lot of team building in an attempt to mesh better on the court, I believe we have succeed in becoming closer as a team and it has shown in our record,”

Many of the other players have also pleased with their team’s performance.

“Our varsity team has definitely grown closer throughout the season and we are close to achieving our goal of winning league and continuing on towards state,” said Senior Captains Ellis Linke and Mary Acord.

Saturday, Oct. 18, tournament games will be hosted by Middle Park if they have won both of Thursdays games. These games will begin at 1 p.m.. After Saturday’s game, Middle Park will have to wait for their regional seeding. This seeding will determine where they will travel Friday, Oct. 24, for the next round of playoffs, as well as the two teams that they will play.

Regionals consists of the top 36 teams in the 3A division and will take the top 12 teams to the state tournament the following weekend.

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