BROOMFIELD — You have to rewind to 2019 to find the last time any current member of the Holy Family volleyball team played a game in the main gym.
And we can’t even blame this one on the pandemic.
The Tigers played their entire 2019 regular season in the newly opened auxiliary gym while the main gym was still getting a makeover. It wasn’t supposed to take the entire season, but unfortunately delays happened and the Tigers made the best of it.
Fast forward to Tuesday night, and Holy Family finally christened its new digs with an impressive 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-6) sweep of Centaurus.
“It’s been a long time and I’ve missed it a lot,” said junior outside hitter Anna Hodell. “Just because it has been such a long time, and I haven’t played in here since my freshman year, so I was nervous. New court, new everything, and it felt so good. I’m glad we could win.”
Playing their second game in as many days, the Tigers made quick work of the Warriors, who were finally playing their first match of the season. Holy blew open a tight first game, that was 11-9 midway through, by reeling off nine straight point to go up 20-9.
Centaurus made things interesting down the stretch in both Games 1 and 2, rallying late and making things difficult for the Tigers to close out games. It was not really a point of concern for Hodell.
“We are trying new things at the start of the season and we are a really young team,” she said. “We all love the game and we are all fighting for the game and we really aren’t worried about it. I just think more practices and more games will be good.”
The Tigers will get their wish and travel back to Greeley on Wednesday to take on Greeley West at 7 p.m.
Holy Family was impressive in Game 3, using the strength of a 16-0 run during Hodell’s serve to roll to a 25-6 victory in the close out set.
If the Tigers, many of whom are splitting time between their club and high school and playing countless numbers of games during the week and weekends all over the country, were tired, they didn’t show it. And if they continue to do things the right way, it won’t show tomorrow in the final game of a quirky pandemic riddled schedule that has forced a third game in three days.
“I had a game last Thursday and then a tournament last Friday, Saturday and Sunday and then yesterday today and tomorrow, so it is a lot, but I love it,” said Hodell, who played over the weekend in Texas. “I’m just taking care of my body. I have to take an ice bath and eat healthy.
“Sometimes I think this is a lot, but I love it and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.”
HOLY FAMILY 3, CENTAURUS 0
At Holy Family
Centaurus (0-1, 0-1) 16 17 6 — 0
Holy Family (3-0, 3-0) 25 25 25 — 3