Montrose upsets No. 1 seed in state volleyball
DENVER — The seemingly impossible became possible Friday morning for the Montrose High School volleyball team.
The Indians, the No. 8 seed in the Class 4A state volleyball tournament, stunned top-seeded Cheyenne Mountain 16-25, 25-19, 25-22, 19-25, 15-13 in their opening pool-play game at the Denver Coliseum.
“I was absolutely thrilled with the way we played against Cheyenne Mountain,” Montrose coach Shane Forrest said. “We weren’t really happy about being seeded No. 8 and the girls just went out there and played great.”
Montrose’s victory celebration was short-lived as the Indians lost a heartbreaking 21-25, 20-25, 25-12, 25-18, 15-10 decision to Mullen in the afternoon.
“In the third and fourth games against Mullen, we just fell apart,” Forrest said. “We had no team unity.
In the fifth game, we had a lot better focus, but at that point it was too late.”
In the Indians’ upset of Cheyenne Mountain, Montrose’s middle blocker Darby Jones had 15 kills.
Montrose (22-6) concludes pool play with a match this morning against Windsor (21-7). The Wizards were 0-2 in pool play Friday. If Montrose defeats Windsor, the Indians advance to the semifinals.
The Indians are second in the Pool 1 standings behind Mullen, which has a 2-0 record.
“We control our own destiny (today) and we just have to go out and play like we know how,” Forrest said.
The top two teams in each pool will play cross-bracket semifinal matches today. The championship is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Montrose is no stranger to state success. The Indians captured volleyball crowns in 1986 and ’89 in Class 3A and in 1990 in Class 4A. The Indians have qualified for the past two Class 4A state tournaments but before 2007, they hadn’t been to state since 1995.
In Class 2A, Rangely (18-11) and Mancos (20-7) struggled in Friday’s pool-play matches.
Rangely dropped consecutive matches to Colorado Springs School (25-20, 25-17, 23-25, 25-11) and Sangre de Cristo (28-26, 25-20, 25-22). Mancos was upended by Fowler (25-16, 25-17, 25-19) and Burlington (25-11, 25-20, 25-16).
“We made some errors and got down on ourselves against the Colorado Springs School and we couldn’t regain our focus,” said Rangely coach Jimmie Mergelman, whose team has an 18-11 record.
“We did block well at the end of Game 2 and all of Game 3 against Colorado Springs, we just couldn’t come all the way back.”
Rangely and Mancos finish pool play this morning with matches against Resurrection Christian and Wray, respectively.
In the Class 1A tournament, Dove Creek won a thriller in its first match, outlasting Liberty (Joes) 21-25, 23-25, 29-27, 26-24, 15-10. The Huskies then had another marathon, losing to Springfield 27-25, 17-25, 22-25, 25-21, 17-15. Dove Creek wraps up pool play today against Fleming, which is 2-0 in pool play.