Prep volleyball: Coal Ridge wins 3A WSL tournament
GRAND JUNCTION — Coal Ridge High School’s volleyball team may have gotten just the kind of performance it needed Friday and Saturday to achieve one of its preseason goals.
The Class 3A Western Slope League champion Titans won the league tournament on Saturday at Grand Junction Central High School, earning a 25-19, 25-18, 25-19 win over Olathe in the tournament title match to finish the tournament unbeaten and possibly move up in the MaxPreps Freeman rankings.
The Titans (17-6) had already moved up in the tournament prior to the week from No. 13 to No. 12, and they’ll likely gain even more ground since one of their four victories this weekend came against ninth-ranked Olathe. The top 12 teams in the rankings earn the right to host a regional round of the 3A state tournament, which begins this coming weekend.
“I don’t know what else we could have done better,” Coal Ridge coach Scott Black said. “I’m pretty confident we’ll be hosting.”
Seeding will be done by the Colorado High School Activities Association on Monday morning. State tournament brackets will be released by Monday afternoon.
The top-seeded Titans also earned a 25-9, 25-13, 25-15 win over Moffat County on Friday after beating Basalt 25-3, 25-8, 25-10.
Against Olathe, Kaitlyn Detlefsen had 13 kills and five blocks, Maggie Bell had 30 assists and five kills and Bailey Davis added eight kills and two blocks. Also contributing was Britni Allen (nine kills, three blocks) and Kyrie Foreman (four kills).
Reaching the third-place match of the tournament was Grand Valley, which beat Aspen (25-14, 25-13, 25-19) and Roaring Fork (25-12, 25-21, 25-17) before falling to Olathe (27-25, 25-20, 25-23) on Saturday afternoon.
The Cardinals, who came in as the league’s third-place finisher and ranked No. 24 in the Freeman rankings, played Gunnison for third place on Saturday night.
Roaring Fork also lost its other match of the tournament to Olathe, 25-8, 25-10, 25-8.
The Rams played for eighth place in the tournament against Aspen on Saturday night.
Demons win twice in Evergreen
EVERGREEN — Glenwood Springs High’s volleyball team went 2-1 at a tournament at Evergreen High School on Saturday. The Demons beat Westminster (25-13, 25-10) and Denver Science and Technology Green Valley Ranch (25-17, 25-22) before falling to Evergreen (25-11, 25-14).
The Demons’ overall record moved to 9-14 overall.
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