State volleyball: Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Grand Valley end seasons in regional round

Staff Report

DENVER — Two losses to end the season didn’t bother Roaring Fork High School volleyball coach Jenn Dority one bit.

“We proved we were in Denver to play, and we finished our season strong,” she said. “I’m so very proud of their teamwork and tenacity. They really pulled together today.”

The Rams finished the season 11-13 overall after falling 25-23, 25-16, 25-19 to tournament host Bishop Machebeuf and 25-16, 25-20, 25-10 to Colorado Springs Christian School in the regional round of the Class 3A State Championships on Saturday.

Against Machebeuf, Rosa Maun finished with five kills, and two aces, solo blocks and block assists. Diana Flores had a pair of kills and a block assist, Melani Gray had four kills, nine digs and a pair of block assists, Toni Gross added 19 assists and 12 digs, Emily Fuller had three kills, Yaritza Zarate had seven digs and Josie Horn added 23 digs.

In the Rams’ match against CSCS, Maun had four kills and three digs, Flores had a block assist, a pair of digs and four kills, Gross had 19 assists and seven digs and Horn added a pair of kills, an ace and 17 digs. Also, Howe added 11 digs and seven kills, Zarate had nine digs, Fuller had five kills, a block assist and two digs, and Madilyn Kuhl had a pair of kills and nine digs.

“I am one proud coach,” Dority said. “These girls … deserve more than just a pat on the back.”

Glenwood Springs goes 1-1 in 4A regional

MONUMENT — Glenwood Springs’ volleyball team split its regional matches on Saturday, as the No. 24-seeded Demons beat Pueblo County but lost to top-seeded Lewis-Palmer to end their season at 15-9 overall.

Glenwood topped Pueblo County 25-20, 25-21, 25-22, before falling to Lewis-Palmer, 25-14, 25-12, 25-13 in the final match of the tournament.

Rifle drops pair in 3A regional

GREELEY — Jordan Cody finished with a combined 12 kills, and Leah Antonelli chipped in eight kills in two 3A regional matches, which the Bears lost during their first postseason appearance in 12 years.

The No. 30-seed Rifle lost to University, 25-10, 25-14, 25-8, but rebounded to play a more competitive match against The Classical Academy in a 25-8, 25-14, 23-25, 25-18 loss.

Cody finished with nine kills against TCA and Erica Salazar added three service aces. Sarah McCutchen chipped in 19 assists for the Bears in the loss to TCA.

Rifle finished the season with an 11-14 overall record.

Grand Valley rebounds from loss to split at 3A regional

MANITOU SPRINGS — Grand Valley rebounded from a lopsided loss to No. 3-seeded Manitou Springs on Friday to come away with a five-set victory over Pagosa Springs and end its season with a victory.

The Cardinals, who ended their season at 10-15 overall, fell 25-14, 25-8, 25-8 to the Mustangs before beating Pagosa 22-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-11, 15-7. Coach David Walck couldn’t have been more proud of the way his girls played, he said.

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