Titans earn No. 10 seed; will host regionals
Sporting a record of 18-5 (7-0 3A Western Slope League), the Coal Ridge Titans girls volleyball team has earned the opportunity to host the first round of regionals in the state playoffs, Saturday at Coal Ridge High School.
As the No. 10 seed, the Titans will welcome the La Junta Tigers (16-6, 9-3 3A Tri-Peaks League) and the St. Mary’s Academy Wildcats (11-12, 5-5 3A Metro League) to their home court, where the Titans have had tons of success all season long, losing just one game to the Eagle Valley Devils (3-0) back on Sept. 22.
Now, the Titans will be able to begin their march towards a state title from the friendly confines of their own gymnasium.
“Having our crowd to support us has been so helpful to our successful season,” junior setter Dana Kotz said. “Hosting is extremely important to us going forward.”
Coming off that loss to the Devils in mid-September, the Titans have run off 14 straight wins, including four straight in three sets each this past weekend at the 3A Western Slope League Tournament at Grand Junction Central High School.
The Titans beat the Basalt Longhorns, Gunnison Cowboys and Olathe Pirates before reaching the championship game against the Grand Valley Cardinals.
Winning four straight matches in dominating fashion definitely helped pad the Titans’ resume, allowing them to force their way inside the top 12, which was required for them to host the regional games.
“We’ve worked hard for every win that has gotten us to this point,” senior middle hitter Kaitlyn Detlefsen said. “The amazing support of our crowd makes hosting even more special.”
Going 6-1 at home has a lot to do with the loud, large student section full of Titans and the backing of the players’ parents who show up to each and every home match.
What has made the student support so special for the Titans has been the numerous themes that students have dressed up for to try and rattle the opposing team. More often than not, the home support has played a huge factor in the Titans home wins.
They’re hoping for two more home wins Saturday, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., allowing them to move on in the state playoffs.
“Most of our very exciting wins have come at home,” junior outside hitter Nicole Mooney said. “Having our home crowd to feed off of at regionals is going to be huge for us.”
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