That trip down to Colorado Springs that used to be a pleasant outing turned out to be upsetting for south metro volleyball teams who journeyed to the Broadmoor World Arena for the single elimination, eight-team girls state volleyball tournament.
Four teams from the south metro schools lost in the first round on May 12 and only Grandview advanced.
The Wolves upset top-seeded Mountain Vista, 3-1, in a first round encounter. Grandview notched a come-from-behind, 3-2, semifinal victory over Columbine on May 13 but lost 3-1 to Rampart in the Class 5A championship match.
Grandview, the No. 8 seed, was the surprise team in the tournament as Mountain Vista, Cherry Creek, Legend and Class 3A Lutheran all fell in first round matches.
Previously unbeaten Mountain Vista lost its only game of the season in the opening match of the tournament on May 12 as Grandview (13-5) shocked the Golden Eagles.
The Wolves won the first set, 27-25, which set the tone for the match. Vista captured the second set, 25-21, but Grandview notched 25-17 and 25-15 wins in the last two sets to advance into the semifinals.
“We just didn’t have it,” said Vista coach Doug Schafer whose team finished with an 15-1 record. “We definitely wanted it. We had energy but we were just tight.
We were just off. Grandview played well.
“We got 14 people here with the COVID and all the quarantines and stuff. We were undefeated until now. We made some history with something that nobody has done, league (Continental) champs and being undefeated. So that part was pretty good, but it just didn’t go our way against Grandview.”
Fourth-seeded Columbine eliminated No. 5 Cherry Creek in another first-round match. The Bruins won the second set, 25-21, winning the last four points but that was the only time Creek got into a flow. The Rebels took the first set, 25-21, and the third and fourth sets with scores of 25-14 and 25-22.
Carter Booth had 14 kills and a 56 percent kills percentage for the Bruins (15-2) while Anna Van Wyk had 15 digs and 30 assists.
Legend, the seventh seed in the tournament, lost 3-0 to Rampart as the Rams swept all three sets, 25-17, 25-15 and 25-20.
Rylie Kadel and Peyton Dunn were the leaders for the Titans. Kadel had 10 kills and 10 digs while Dunn finished with nine digs and 23 assists.
“Rampart came out really well,” said Legend coach Audri Marrs after the loss which gave the Titans a final record of 10-4. “They had some great hitters. They played really well. Things just didn’t go our way.
Lutheran, the sixth seed in the 3A tourney, played tough, hung in against No. 3 Sterling and won the first set, 25-17. However, the Tigers pulled out narrow 25-20, 25-22 and 25-23 wins in the final three sets. The Lions were ahead, 19-18, in the fourth set but Sterling won seven of the next 11 points.
Audrey Brgoch had 14 kills for the Lions, Cass Norton five blocks, Bella Vezzani had 25 digs and Sabrina King 14 assists as Lutheran wound up with a 11-4 record for the season.
“Sterling was a quality team but we kept fighting throughout,” said Lutheran coach Alicia Kidston. “I feel there were times that we didn’t take care of a bunch of little points that could have given us a little momentum.
“I so proud of the team. It was an interesting year obviously. They worked hard all season long and battled through adversity. We had a lot of injuries but our seniors are tremendous.”
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