Palisade Bulldogs fall shy of state volleyball tournament

The Palisade High School volleyball team accomplished several things this season.

The Bulldogs finally defeated Western Slope League nemesis Eagle Valley and won the league and district titles, but they fell short of their last goal.

Palisade hoped to advance to the Class 4A state championships next week.

Instead, the Bulldogs (19-7) were swept Saturday in the Class 4A Region A tournament at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs.

“Every team here is a good team,” Palisade coach Wendy MacAskill said. “What has been a win in the past was a loss today.”

“During the season, we could get away with an error here or there, but in regionals, some errors are less forgiving. We had some opportunities, but we were not able to capitalize on them.”

The top two teams in each of the four regions advance to state later this week.

The No. 8 seed Bulldogs won the first game of their first match against Roosevelt before the Roughriders came back to win the next three games, 20-25, 25-18, 25-14 and 25-20.

Audrey Steinkirchner had 18 kills and 20 digs in the match.

“We came out ready to play and took Game 1,” MacAskill said. “Roosevelt is a very good team.”

Palisade couldn’t rebound against No. 16 Niwot, losing 20-25, 25-16, 19-25, 25-22, 15-10.

Steinkirchner had 26 kills and two blocks. She had 56 kills in three matches.

Top-seed Cheyenne Mountain easily took care of Palisade, 25-10, 25-18, 25-14. Steinkirchner led Palisade with 12 kills.

“We set some high goals this season,” MacAskill said. “They were all probably attainable, but we fell short of our last goal (state tournament). We still accomplished some good things.”

Region C: Montrose was swept by Coronado, Longmont and Green Mountain to end its season.

Coronado defeated the Indians 25-12, 25-18, 26-24. Longmont won 25-13, 25-19, 25-23 and Green Mountain won 25-14, 25-13.

Durango was one of two teams to advance to state out of Region D, going 3-0. Glenwood Springs went 0-3 in Region B.


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