Prep Volleyball Roundup: Titans, Cardinals each win a match at regionals
Coal Ridge volleyball coach Scott Black put it best when summing up Friday’s Class 3A Region 7 tournament.
“We had some really good moments, just not enough of them,” the program’s fourth-year head coach said.
Black’s Titans, seeded 18th out of the 36 teams who qualified for the regional round of the 3A postseason, defeated No. 30 Bennett in three games (25-23, 25-12, 25-9) and lost to No. 7 Eaton (25-17, 25-15, 25-20).
Tourney host Eaton, the defending state champion, earned the region’s state tournament berth.
Coal Ridge finished up a solid season at 18-7 overall.
Paige Ryan and Becca Mitchell each tallied 10 kills between the night’s two matches. Britni Allen and Bailey Davis finished with nine kills apiece and Alicia Hampton chipped in with seven.
“We spread it around pretty good,” said Black, who lauded his team’s defensive effort. “Our defense was pretty good. It was really kind of fun to watch. There were some rallies that were 15-ball rallies and we won more than half of them or something like that.”
Grand Valley’s volleyball team wrapped its season with a win, defeating Peak to Peak in three games (25-15, 25-19, 25-20) to close out Saturday’s 3A Region 4 tournament at University High School in Greeley.
“Any time you can finish a season with a victory is nice,” Cardinals coach Dave Walck said. “For us, it was the first time to go to regionals since 1999, and our first time at the 3A level at all.”
Earlier in the day, host University knocked off the Cardinals in three, 25-15, 25-9, 25-10. The No. 4 Bulldogs landed the region’s state tourney berth with a win over Peak to Peak in the day’s final match.
No. 33 Grand Valley got four kills and three blocks from Jordan Scott against University. Tarianna Lawrence had 10 assists and Desi McGee nine digs.
Against No. 21 Peak to Peak, Kyra Chenoweth led the way with 14 kills. Megan Smith had 10 and Scott and Lyndsey Andersen tallied six kills apiece. Lawrence finished with 32 assists and Kayla Fredrich had six blocks.
The Cardinals played strong defense against Peak to Peak, racking up digs in big numbers. McGee finished with 12, Andersen seven and Chenoweth six.
Jori Shaver and Chenoweth each finished with three aces.
Glenwood Springs dropped both of its matches at Saturday’s 4A Region 7 tournament at Coronado High School in Colorado Springs.
The 30th-seeded Demons lost to No. 18 Roosevelt in four games and to No. 7 Coronado in three to finish up the season at 15-9 overall.
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