Prep Notebook: State seeding at stake in 3A WSL volleyball tournament; Pressler on the mend for Rifle’s football team
The schedule for the Class 3A Western Slope League volleyball tournament has been set.
It was officially set as of Monday night when Moffat County and Basalt played a final rescheduled match. Moffat County prevailed in three sets.
That set the seeding for the eight-team, two-day tournament, which will be played Friday and Saturday at Grand Junction Central High School.
The tournament itself serves as an extension of the regular season, but it also gives teams in the tournament either a chance to improve their potential seeding for the Class 3A state tournament, or to be selected for the tournament as a whole.
Coal Ridge (13-6 overall), which clinched the league title last week, earned an automatic berth in the regional round of the state tournament with that league title. The Titans, however, are on the cusp of also hosting a regional.
That right is awarded to the top 12 teams in the MaxPreps Freeman Rankings, which takes into account factors such as strength of schedule and quality wins and losses. Headed into this weekend’s tournament, the Titans are ranked No. 13.
A successful tournament for the Titans, however, would almost assure them the right to host a regional. And ironically, Olathe (16-3), the second-place finisher in the league, is ranked No. 11.
Third-place finisher Grand Valley (10-9) is No. 24. Teams that are on the bubble for the 32-team tournament include No. 32 Gunnison (7-12) and No. 39 Roaring Fork (6-11).
Matches begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday and continue through 8:15 p.m.
Play continues at 2 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, with third-place and title matches taking place at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
RIFLE’S PRESSLER ON THE MEND
Rifle High School senior Brooks Pressler could be back on the football field for the Bears on Friday when they play in a big Class 3A Western Slope League game at Glenwood Springs.
Pressler, one of Rifle’s running backs, suffered a badly sprained right ankle during the Bears’ 18-10 loss to Palisade on Oct. 10. He sat out this past Friday’s 47-3 Rifle victory against Steamboat Springs, and he was limited during practice while wearing an ankle brace on Tuesday.
Rifle coach Damon Wells said Tuesday that Pressler’s return will be dependent on his overall pain tolerance.
Prior to Rifle’s victory on Oct. 17, Pressler, a senior, was the Bears’ second-leading rusher with 404 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 45 carries. He now trails Ty Leyba (439) and Brock Clark (760) on a team that averages nearly 300 rushing yards per game (298.8).
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