Englewood’s volleyball team snapped a three-match losing streak by winning two straight games over Lake County, and then got win No. 2 by winning two straight games from Denver West as the Pirates hosted the Sept. 7 Anne Bonney Tournament.
“We put all the elements together and we looked like the team I know we can be,” Pirates coach Kristal Kostiew said after the Lake County win. “We came into this game 0-3 even though we played pretty well. I knew when we started practice that it would take time to become a solid team. We showed what we can do today.”
The Pirates played five matches in the tournament they hosted Sept. 7. They went 2-3 in tournament play and returned to action Sept. 10 on the road at Fort Lupton.
Englewood also has a home game scheduled Sept. 16 against Arvada, and then goes on the road Sept. 19 against Elizabeth.
The Sept. 6 Anne Bonney Tournament bracket was originally set to be two five-team pools, but one team canceled late and the bracket was redrawn so each team played five matches.
Englewood got wins against Lake County, 27-26 and 25-19, and against Denver West, 25-23 and 25-20.
The tournament losses were to Thornton, 27-17 and 25-14; to Skyview, 25-12 and 25-17; and to St. Mary’s Academy, 25-9 and 25-22.
“A tournament like this was good for our players,” Kostiew said. “This is the first time they have faced the challenge of playing five matches in a day. It is hard, the players get tired but they have to go out and compete in every match. They did that today.”
The first-year coach said this season is a new beginning. She said although she worked with the players in summer league, she knew it would take time for the athletes and the coach to figure out each other.
“Volleyball is about teamwork, and teamwork is influenced by player chemistry,” Kostiew said. “It takes time to learn the strengths of each of the players and how best to use their talents. That part of it is coming along.”