SLV will send 3 to Denver for state volleyball

Alamosa Volleyball poses with their Regional Champion plaque after going 2-0 regional weekend. (VC/Jiron)

A highly anticipated regional weekend for local volleyball is in the books and now Alamosa, Del Norte and Sangre de Cristo will gear up and head north to compete for state titles.

3A – Alamosa 2-0,

St. Mary’s Academy 1-1, Florence 0-2

Both higher-seeded squads at the Alamosa triangular took care of business against the Florence Huskies on Saturday. Each taking their match with Florence in 3-0 fashion. Which set up a finale with Alamosa and the Wildcats. What followed was a tight match where the largest margin on any set was 7 points. Any rust that Alamosa had built up from their three-week hiatus they got an opportunity to shake off against St. Mary’s Academy.  Alamosa allowed one set to the visitors taking the regional title in a 3-1 match to advance to state. As the 3 seed, Alamosa will get the luxury of a bye in the first round of the state tournament. The Moose first match of the day will take place at 5 p.m. where they’ll face the winner of No. 6 Eagle Ridge and No. 11 DSST: Montview.

3A – Faith Christian 2-0, Centauri 1-1, DSST: College View 0-2

On the road, Centauri was tasked with attempting to topple fourth-seeded Faith Christian. The matches in Arvada were pretty straightforward. Centauri did what they needed to, dispatching DSST: College View by a score of 3-0 in the second match of the day, but the Eagles loomed. No. 3 Faith Christian proved too much for the Falcons. The host Eagles took 6 sets in their two matches to punch their ticket to state. Dynae Johnson closed the season leading Centauri in kills with 158, Blocks went to Brynli Sowards with 90. The assist stat went to Ashtyn Haslett with 499 and digs to Kaitlyn Quinlan with 387.

2A – Del Norte 3-1, Holyoke 1-2,

Swink 1-2

A crazy sequence of events unfolded in Del Norte when the three teams wound up in a three-way tie after the first three matches. Am early 3-0 loss to Holyoke looked disastrous for the Tigers.  A victory against Swink in the following game would seal things up for the Dragons. Then Holyoke was the next to have a misstep as they couldn’t get past Swink in a 3-1 match and would be forced to sit and watch Del Norte vs. Swink. The Tigers completed the Paper, Rock, Scissors kind of day with a 3-1 victory over Swink. With all three teams sitting at 1-1 the regional competition went to a tiebreaker.

As outlined in the CHSAA Volleyball Bulletin, “Three-way tie for one state qualifier requires two, one-set playoffs to 25 points. Team 1 (highest set percentage) – Set Aside. Team 2 & Team 3 must play one-set playoffs to 25 points; Team who wins will then play Team 1 (one-set playoff to 25 points) for the state berth”. The only team to take their win by a 3-0 margin, Holyoke was set aside. Del Norte then took down Swink in the first set and offed Holyoke in the championship set to claim the state championship berth. At state, Del Norte will open Thursday with a match against No. 7 West Grand at 12:30 p.m.

2A – Meeker 2-0, Sargent 1-1,

Telluride 0-2

Playing the underdog to both opponents, the Farmers came out swinging. Sargent fell to Meeker in the opening match of the triangular but was able to take a set from the host Cowboys, 3-1. Then in the following match, Sargent stayed pugnacious, upsetting Telluride 3-1. While Sargent fought bravely and even came away with a win, Meeker took care of business besting Telluride 3-0 to advance to the state tournament.

1A – Sangre de Cristo 2-0,

Cotopaxi 1-1, Norwood 0-2

The Thunderbirds punched their ticket to state early in the day on Saturday. Cleaning up the competition with two 3-0 sweeps over visiting Cotopaxi and Norwood, Sangre de Cristo made it look easy. Sangre will have an early morning on Thursday when they arrive at the Denver Coliseum. The Thunderbirds will play in the first 1A match of the day at 8 a.m. Sangre de Cristo will take on eighth-seeded Springfield in first-round competition.

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