Most students at Fort Collins High spent Thursday and Friday wrapping up another week of classes. Members of the volleyball team, however, were able to have a little more fun.
The Lambkins spent Thursday-Sunday in Orlando, Fla., competing in the KSA Classic against what coach Lindsey Blahauvietz felt were high-caliber opponents, and the end result was favorable.
Fort Collins finished second in the tournament with a record of 5-1, behind only Carmine (Texas) Round Top. Now that the Lambkins are back in Colorado, Blahauvietz feels her team is prepared to take on local competition.
“More than winning, it was a great opportunity for our kids to play together and get to know each other on and off the court,” Blahauvietz said. “It was interesting to see where we stacked up against teams from out of state, but we did a good job of hanging with everyone.
“There were times we were challenged and our kids needed to step up, and they did.”
A player that stood out was middle blocker Nicole Lange, one of the few seniors on a young Fort Collins squad. Lange wasn’t surprised with how well the Lambkins played, dropping only three sets in as many days and feels they have a much better chance of having a strong season after playing in the tournament.
Visits to Disney World and Universal Studios while they were in Orlando didn’t hurt, either.
“I was expecting it. I knew we had a pretty good team with some great players,” Lange said. “We definitely formed a close bond going to all of the parks together and trying to find our way back to the hotel with all of the buses, it was really a lot of fun.
“We’re going to have a really good season. We’re going to play well together, because in a place one person struggles, we’ll be there to pick them up. It’s going to be a good season.”
Fort Collins hosts Thorton (1-0), its first in-state opponent of the season, at 6:30 tonight.