Bluedevils slip out of volleyball's top 10

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By Steve Smith

FORT LUPTON — Even though Fort Lupton swept to an easy 25-19, 25-18, 25-13 win against Vista Peak Saturday (Leia Seiler had 13 kills and her twin sister, Michelle, had nine), FLHS coach Amy Shoemaker was concerned.
    Her point of focus was how to retrieve some of the Bluedevils’ energy that she thinks they lost earlier in the week. Weld Central beat Fort Lupton in three sets, which sent the Bluedevils out of the top 10 rankings in the state 3A polls.

    “They aren’t playing with the enthusiasm they had before that loss,” Shoemaker said. “Today (Saturday), in every set, I played a different rotation trying to figure out the setter position and an outside hitter position.”
    Because of some lineup changes earlier in the season, Shoemaker said he didn’t have a true setter.
    “That position is lacking a little bit,” she said. “If I move Hanna (Hanna McCutchan, who was a setter for the Bluedevils last year) from the outside hitter position, then I lose a lot of defensive play.”
    Shoemaker also needs some outside hitters.
    “I used the different rotations to see who works well,” she said. “I’m still fishing. If I move Michelle Seiler to middle hitter from outside, then I have a weak middle spot. I wouldn’t have a power hitter.”
    Michelle Seiler added a block and five services aces to the Bluedevils’ cause Saturday. Vicky Martinez cranked six aces. Fort Lupton visits Englewood Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
    “We may need to go back to our original lineup. If it hurts, it hurts,” Shoemaker said.