KUSA – The Lewis-Palmer Rangers are predicted a shoo-in for the 4A state championship for volleyball, not to jinx their record. The team is well capable of handling what is thrown at them and their record this year speaks for itself.
The team is currently 15-0 going into their rival game against Palmer Ridge. They have only dropped a single set out of all 15 games so far this season and have beaten the number one ranked 5A team, Rampart, without dropping a set.
The Rangers Athletic Director, Nick Baker, spoke very highly of the team. “A lot of it is our depth. Every year we have a group of freshman and sophomores who play on varsity. We are not strictly a senior team. We’re very spread out,” Baker said.
However, Baker didn’t overlook the importance of coaching and its seniors in their winning season this year. He acknowledged Alexa Smith and Nicole Montgomery’s role on the team and the great coaching in Susan Odenbaugh.
“We don’t have to rebuild each year, we just have to reload,” he said.
Lewis-Palmer volleyball won the 4A state championship last year, shutting out Air Academy in the final. The team said goodbye to six seniors at the end of the season and the 2014-15 team has only two seniors this year. They are truly a young team.
Baker described the team as hard workers, clearly showcased by their shutout record. Baker has full confidence in the team, “The team has proved that they can compete on any level. We are nationally ranked so we can compete with the best teams in America.”
Lewis-Palmer Rangers are preparing for league rival Palmer Ridge at home 6:30pm on Oct. 9.