Volleyball: Stargate wins five-set thriller from Fort Lupton

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It was the sort of match that deserved to go five sets. And that's exactly what Fort Lupton High School and Stargate School did Aug. 26 in the Bluedevils' gym.

The Eagles won 25-23, 20-25, 28-26, 23-25, 18-16. Leads of bigger than five points in any set were a rarity.

Stephanie Millmore, a left-hander who did most of her damage from the right outside hitting position, led the Eagles with 17 kills. Valeria Enriquez was next with 10. Maddie Lamar compiled 31 assists. No stats were immediately available for the Bluedevils.

"We had a rocky start with all the service errors," said Eagles' coach Andrew Hinde. "The growth was huge tonight. Their attitudes showed. We''d lose five or six points in a row. They pushed each other. We reset ourselves. They came back and did it. It was amazing to watch."

"That was fun on both sides," said FLHS coach Cindy Seiler. "We had a tough night the other night (a three-set loss against Strasburg). But they came back and regrouped. They played with grit. We've been changing a lot of things this year. The players on the court wanted it more. They were controlling their side, and there weren't as many nerves."

We'll have more on the match in the Sept. 1 edition of the Fort Lupton Press and the Sept. 2 edition of the Northglenn Thornton Sentinel.

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