No-go for Coal Ridge, as 3A volleyball regional selections announced
Basalt given lowest seed despite West Slope League championship
The Coal Ridge High School volleyball ladies won’t be going to the post season, as the pandemic-restricted 24-team field for the Class 3A regional round was announced Monday.
The Titans knew they were likely outside the cut, with a No. 29 composite ranking following the final weekend of action when Coal Ridge dropped a 3-set match to Fruita Monument, the 17th ranked 5A team in the state.
But, given the Titans’ non-league schedule against several top 4A and 5A teams during the season, there was still an outside chance. In a normal year, 36 teams are selected for the regional round of the volleyball playoffs.
Coal Ridge came up short in its bid to defend the 3A Western Slope Slope League title, losing out to Basalt and falling behind second-place Delta. The Titans finished third at 9-5 overall and 7-2 in league, with losses to both Basalt and Delta.
The Fruita game marked the high school finale for Titans seniors Taylor Wiescamp, Phoebe Young, Ari Cornejo, Brecken Guccini, Kallie Bumgardner and Shaye Snyder.
Delta and Basalt made it into the playoffs as the Nos. 23 and 24 seeds, respectively; the Longhorns by virtue of their league championship despite having a lower composite ranking at No. 31 than Coal Ridge. Delta held the No. 24 spot going into tournament selection day.
Basalt (10-4) will play in the three-team Region 1 hosted by overall No. 1 seed Eaton (14-0). Delta (11-3) plays in Region 2, hosted by No. 2 seed Montezuma-Cortez (12-0).
Also not making the 3A regional volleyball cut among Garfield County teams were Roaring Fork and Grand Valley high schools.
Grand Valley finished at 5-9 overall and 4-5 in league. Senior members this season are Alex Mendoza, Naya Barton, Emma Whiting, Shayleigh Copeland and Allison Kelly.
Roaring Fork finished at 4-10 and 2-7. Senior members for the Rams are Lily Nieslanik, Sydney Schramer, Grace Jardine, Samantha Ferry and Letey Crownhart.
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