Coal Ridge relishs underdog role
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
PEACH VALLEY, Colorado ” After a season played on local courts as the favorite, Coal Ridge heads to Colorado Springs Christian as an underdog.
With the winner of the last four Class 3A state titles ” Colorado Springs Christian, hosting Saturday’s Region A tournament, Coal Ridge isn’t the only underdog in the four-team field.
Lucky for all of them, the top two teams advance to the Nov. 7-8 state tournament at the Denver Coliseum.
But the 19-3 Titans, fresh off a regular season in which they swept through the 3A Western Slope League season en route to a circuit title, aren’t concerning themselves all that much with what they’ll see at regions.
No, their focus is directed inward.
“We pretty much focus on our team,” said Coal Ridge coach Denise Greene, who is well aware of CSC’s dynastic ways.
“We haven’t really done much looking at the other teams,” senior Kelly Romero expanded. “We’ve got to worry about our game.”
Regardless of the competition, which also includes Eaton and Monte Vista, Greene’s team hopes to scratch off the list their final goal of the season on Saturday. That would be to make an appearance at the state tournament.
To do so, the Titans must escape round-robin play with at least the second-best record. They’ll open the day with an 8 a.m. match against Eaton and follow with afternoon matches against CSC and Monte Vista.
“We’re all super excited,” senior Britney Smith said. “This is the first time for us. It’s a big opportunity for us. We’re all thrilled to go.”
Smith and the volleyball Titans, who won Coal Ridge’s first team league title in the school’s four-year history and are making the program’s first regional appearance, hope to add one more first before the season is said and done.
They hope to be in Denver come Nov. 7 and 8.
“That’s been our last team goal this season,” Smith relayed. “We want to make it to the state level.”
The 3A Western Slope champs will have to get there as newcomers to the regional scene, as a dark horse.
Said Smith: “Now we’re kind of in the underdog role, yeah. It’s definitely weird. It’s an opportunity for us to see a whole new level of play.”
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