Coal Ridge volleyball goes 1-1 at regional tournament, ending season |

Coal Ridge volleyball goes 1-1 at regional tournament, ending season

Josh Carney
Post Independent

On the road Saturday morning for the 3A Regional 4 playoff bracket at No. 4 Platte Valley, the No. 21 Coal Ridge Titans volleyball team split the two-game tournament, beating No. 33 DSST: Stapleton in three sets before falling to No. 4 Platte Valley, ending the Titans’ season.

Against DSST: Stapleton, Coal Ridge won by scores of 25-8, 25-20, and 25-9, as senior Kara Morgan led the way with 16 kills and 12 digs. Junior Taylor Roberts added seven blocks and seven kills for the Titans in one of her best performances of the season, while senior Alexa Wiescamp, and juniors Brecken Gucchini and Lyanna Nevarez added five kills each. Senior Kenzie Crawford led the way with 34 assists.

By beating DSST: Stapleton, the Titans moved on to take on No. 4 Platte Valley for a spot in the 3A state playoffs. Coal Ridge fell to the Broncos in straight sets by scores of 16-25, 23-25, and 21-25, ending a season in which the Titans won the league championship for the second straight year, going undefeated in league play again.

Against the Broncos, Morgan had 11 kills and seven digs, while Crawford added 21 assists and eight digs. Nevarez chipped in with seven kills and five digs, while Gucchini added five blocks and three kills. Roberts had a team-high nine digs.

The Titans say goodbye to six seniors in Morgan, Crawford, Wiescamp, Maddie Ellison, Hannah Bilsted, and Jaelyn Price.

“I’m very proud of our seniors and the hard work they put in,” said Aimee Gerber, Coal Ridge’s head coach. “They will be missed dearly, and I’m grateful I got to coach them.”

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