The Resurrection Christian women volleyball group’s state-bound aspirations turned a actuality on Saturday afternoon.
Following a win-streak-halting defeat to cap the common season, No. 11 seed RCS constructed a resilient response when it mattered most upon defeating No. 19 DSST: Byers and No. 6 Bayfield on the Class 3A Area 6 round-robin at Bayfield.
Punching the Cougars’ eighth ticket to state within the final 9 campaigns, coach Ben Reeser’s squad commenced the weekend festivities by sweeping DSST: Byers earlier than a dramatic, five-set overcome Bayfield contained in the Wolverines’ house gymnasium.
Regardless of shedding each the regional championships’ second set (28-26) and third phase (25-19), RCS by no means stop.
“We needed to earn each level,” Reeser stated. “However we discovered a manner to try this and beat an outstanding Bayfield group. They’ve some large hitters that basically put balls away. However our protection and our blocks scrapped and fought and battled.”
With their backs in opposition to the wall, the Cougars pressured a do-or-die fifth set through seizing a 25-17 victory within the marquee match.
En path to celebrating a well-earned invitation to the 3A state event on the Broadmoor World Enviornment in Colorado Springs (Could 12-13), RCS then put a fork within the end result with a 15-9 win. Moreover, it’s value noting how the Cougars even overcame a 6-3 drawback within the fifth set.
Merely put, as soon as RCS hit its stride amid the latter levels of the third body, it refused to look again.
“They didn’t fairly have that battle in that second set,” Reeser stated. “However about midway by means of the third, we discovered that battle and need we wanted. It’s robust to expend a lot power, time and focus to return again. However with the ability to push by means of and really come out on prime, I didn’t know if our women had it in them. However I used to be extremely happy with them for having it in them.”
In the meantime, alongside RCS and 4A Thompson Valley as one of many space’s three squads competing in a respective regional, No. 21 LHS carried out admirably at Columbine in 5A Area 4.
Although No. 4 Columbine and No. 13 Denver East amounted to a treacherous path for Loveland, coach Sonja Smith-deBord’s gritty group gave its regional combatants all they might deal with on Saturday.
To say the least, LHS and Columbine traded blows from wire to wire upon splitting their introductory quartet of units –– every of which was determined by three factors or much less as Loveland despatched the competition to a tie-breaker with a 25-22 fourth-set conquest.
Then, after falling 15-7 within the additional fragment, Smith-deBord’s squad battled Denver East to a equally relentless tune as Loveland gained consecutive units (25-17 and 25-22) to leap forward of the Angels 2-1. Sadly for LHS, Denver East loved the final snicker whereas answering with 25-16 and 15-9 bestings.