Fort Lupton’s volleyball team split its 22-game schedule a season ago. This year, the record stands at 8-4 and 8-1 in Frontier League play through the end of last week, and Fort Lupton’s Payton Faulhaber knows why.
“Our team chemistry is clicking. We’re picking each other up,” she said. “We worked really hard over the summer to come together as a team. Coach (Coach Cindy Seiler) had a goal for us to make regionals this year. Every day at practice, we remind ourselves of that goal. We know what we have to do to get there.”
“They are fighting. They are playing hard. We fell against Bennett. We didn’t have our best game,” she said. “We weren’t as strong as we needed to be. We’ll get ‘em. We’ll play them in the Frontier tournament.”
FLHS beat Bruce Randolph 25-10, 25-11, 26-24 Sept. 29 in Fort Lupton. Faulhaber led the way with eight kills. Alissa Clark added four, while Janisa Shaffer and Melody Lee contributed three. Zariyah Sauceda led the serving stats with five aces. Lashya Tijerina, Neveah Gonzales, Dani Aviles and Kirra Thomas added three aces.
The Bluedevils had no trouble winning the first two sets, but the Grizzlies made things tough in the third set.
“We struggled in the third set. We didn’t play to our level,” Faulhaber said. “We just had to come together and not look at the scoreboard, just push through. It’s important for us to be our own fire. Sometimes we don’t really have a lot of energy.”
Faulhaber said her team knew it could have played better in that third set.
“We just had to put each point behind us,” she said. “It’s a 10-second memory is what we call it. You shank the ball? You forget about it and move on to the next point. It’s hard to do. But it’s important we don’t get it in our head that we messed up. We just move on to the next point. It’s a mental sport. We keep playing each point like it’s the last one.”
“They were a little sluggish,” Seiler said. “We played everyone. We have 14 players, and 13 were here. It’s hard to get your mojo. We’ve been working on picking each other up as a team. When someone makes a mistake, we don’t let them know they made a mistake. They already know. Our job is to pick them up.”
“This season is going really well thus far,” Faulhaber said. ‘A lot of our team is seniors this year. Next year, we’re going to have to pick it up. There are only three juniors. We’re going to have to step up into some new roles.”
There is one freshman on the Bluedevils’ squad this season.
“I knew they had it in them. It was getting them to bring it out of themselves,” Seiler said.
FLHS visits Sheridan at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.
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