Indians shock top-seeded Cheyenne Mountain in volleyball

DENVER —  On Friday morning, the Montrose High School volleyball team must have thought it was invicible.

The Indians, the No. 8 seed, shocked top-seeded Cheyenne Mountain in five games.

Unfortunately, Montrose couldn’t keep any momentum going after that initial victory.

Montrose dropped a five-game decision to Mullen and then Saturday morning, the Indians just needed a victory to earn a bid into the semifinals, but lost.

Windsor upended the Indians 25-20, 25-17, 31-29 in their final pool play game. The last defeat ended Montrose’s season with a 22-7 record.

“I’m very proud of the way my girls played up here, we just came up short,” Montrose coach Shane Forrest said. “I just hope we can build from this experience.”

Cheyenne Mountain came all the way back through the tourney to win state Saturday night.

The Indians polished off the other two most talented teams in Class 4A, Mullen and Roosevelt, to capture the first state volleyball championship in school history. Only a road loss to Columbine, a 5A school, marred Cheyenne’s regular-season record, but the Indians still finished up with an impressive 29-2 mark for the year.

Montrose will have to remold its team after losing seniors Katie Abel, Ana Finley, Briann Verble, Erin Reardon, Darby Jones and Abby Wolverton.

The Indians were making their second trip to state in a row.

Montrose fared better than Rangley. The Panthers dropped all three of their pool-play matches. Rangely dropped a 19-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25 decision to Resurrection Christrian.

Dove Creek beat Springfield 25-22 in a tiebreaker game and then lost to Otis 25-15, 25-17, 25-23.

  Fleming defeated Otis to win the state title.


Class 3A

One could certainly call the Class 3A volleyball state championship won by Colorado Springs Christian School a “Fantastic Fifth.”

And that’s how Morgan Broekhuis and her teammates can look back on their 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 victory over Faith Christian. It was the fifth consecutive title by the Lions, who finished the season 28-2, as well as the second
under coach Mike Broekhuis, Morgan’s dad.

Broekhuis was simply dominating at the net the entire tournament. She finished the championship match with 17 kills and three blocks. But the Lions are a team loaded with power as junior 6-footer Brianne Vande Griend added 15 kills to the winning effort.


Class 2A

When Sandy Moss took over the storied volleyball program at Fowler High School, it didn’t take her long to understand the expectations of her job.

“I remember when I first started, I had a parent ask me if I knew what I was getting into and if I was capable of doing the job,” Moss said.

Fowler played brilliantly, defeating the Colorado Springs School 25-20, 25-21, 25-13 for its 11th state volleyball title.


Class 1A

Once again, Fleming High School girls volleyball has no equal.

The Wildcats ended a dominating weekend by cruising past Otis 26-24, 25-19, 25-20 in the Class 1A championship match.

“The first state title was great, but this one also is pretty sweet,” Fleming coach Derek Herbert said. “The girls just came together as a team and they were focused and got the job done.”


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