4A VOLLEYBALL STATE PREVIEW

Heading into the Class 4A state volleyball tournament, the targets are clear.

Since 2007, Cheyenne Mountain and Lewis-Palmer have combined for 12 finals appearances in and eight championships.

Hence, it’s up to the other 10, seven of which have yet to hoist a trophy, to make some noise when play opens on Friday morning at the Denver Coliseum.

The race will last into Saturday evening, when five finals will be conducted simultaneously.

POOL 1

Lewis-Palmer (25-0)

Seed: 1

Coach: Susan Odenbaugh

State titles:1993, 2001-02, 2013-14, 4A

Simply put, Rangers have become a fixture at the Coliseum. It’s their fifth consecutive trip. … Lewis-Palmer literally swept the 5A-4A Pikes Peak League – it was 7-0 and 21-0 in matches. … Michaela Putnicki’s 265 kills heads the team. Next are Lydia Bartalo (248) and Elizabeth Reich (171). … Aleyna Kennel (46) and Bartalo (43) lead Rangers’ aces.

Berthoud (20-5)

Seed: 8

Coach: Daisha Agho

State titles: 2000, 4A

Spartans tied with Holy Family to win the Tri-Valley League, each ending 12-2 . The two programs split two matches. … Junior Julie Ward has piled up 359 kills. …Berthoud was undefeated on the road, 7-0. … Senior Shaylee Pierick has 49 aces, one more than freshman Casady Berry. … Pierick also has 44 blocks, a couple more than freshman Teagan Holmes.

Windsor (11-14)

Seed: 12

Coach: Lavern Huston

State titles: 1995, 4A

Wizards were only 7-7 for fifth place in the Tri-Valley League, but Huston has been a good coach for a long time. They’re also the only team in the field with a losing mark. … Accordingly, Windsor has lost more sets (48) than it has won (42). … Karlie Sorenson’s 217 kills lead the team. Madi Bruen is next with 204. … Freshman Ellie Garrett is tops with 26 aces and Bruen has a team-leading 10 blocks.

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POOL 2

Eagle Valley (22-3)

Seed: 2

Coach: Jackie Rindy

State titles: None

Fact is, the Eagles beat up on the rest of the 4A Western Slope League, they finished 12-0, won the league by three games and owned a 36-2 set mark. … The Eagles’ akr ncluded a 15-match winning streak that ended late the past month. … Junior Becy Glutova (232) and senior Kylie Martin (227) head the Eagle Valley kill parade. … Senior Molly Jewett has 60 of the Eagles’ 257 aces.

Holy Family (21-4)

Seed: 7

Coach: Krista Solomon

State titles: None

Tigers are on an eight match winning streak. … Sophomore Ali Travis is the Holy Family leader in kills with 299. Juia Giltner (182), Peyton Frank (177) and Jody Gallagher (156) add depth. … Travis also is tops in aces (59) and Sam Weber heads digs with 589. … Tigers are one of three tri-Valley teams in the final matches.

Niwot (17-8)

Seed: 11

Coach: Preston Brown

State titles: None

Cougars rocked and rolled through the 4A Northern League, going 14-0 and winning 42 of 47 matches. … The Niwot kill sector is topped by Mackenzie Fidelak, who has 309.Sophomore Emma Falk is second on the team with 142. ,,, Falk also has 36 of Niwot 198 aces and Zoe Gonzales has a team-leading 79 blocks.

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POOL 3

Cheyenne Mountain (17-8)

Seed: 3

Coach: David Barkley

State titles: 2008-12, 2015, 4A

Defending state champion Indians began the season 1-3. They finished second in the 5A-4A Pikes Peak League to Lewis-Palmer and won 18 of 22 matches. … Senior Casey Ahrendsen has compiled 311 kills and Ellie Gubser has 257. … Maddie Brown has 51 aces and Gubser has 31 blocks. … Cayla Owen has put up 277 digs.

Valor Christian

Seed: 6

Coach: Kaitlyn Hastings

State titles: None

Eagles dominated the 4A Jefferson County League – they went 10-0 and won 30 of 31 sets. They’re also the league’s lone representative in the tournament. … Lily Thomason leads Valor with 225 kills. Senior Kelsey Montgomery is far behind with an even 200. … Senior Alli Lane has a team-high 29 aces and Kelsey Montgomery is tops with 29 blocks.

Silver Creek (22-3)

Seed: 10

Coach: Tatum McKenzie

State titles: None

Raptors were 12-2 in the 4A Northern League, both losses coming to Niwot. All told, they won 39 of 50 league sets. … 5-foot-11 junior Rylee Anderson regularly gets fed by teammates – she has 419 kills. … Anderson also has 74 aces. … Senior Chloe Olson leads the block party with 23.

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POOL 4

Montrose (20-5)

Seed: 4

Coach: Shane Forrest

State titles: 1986, 1989, 3A; 1990, 4A

Indians tied with Fruita Monument for the 5A-4A Southwestern League title, both were 7-1. Montrose, which won 23 of 39 league sets, won a tight head-to-head match 3-2. … Senior Allie Freeburg has rolled to 408 kills. Next is Bryce Gatt (195). … Also count 68 aces for Freeburg. … Blocking hasn’t been real big for Montrose. It has reported only 28.

Pueblo West (20-5)

Seed: 5

Coach: Casey King

State titles:  None

Cyclones ran the 4A South Central League table, going 10-0 and winning all 30 of their sets. They won the league by four games. In all, they’ve won won 60 of 75 sets. … MaLeigha Menegatti, a junior, is tops with 224 kills. Emily Hanenberg is next with 184. … Menegatti also leads with 48 aces and Olivia Sherman (51) and Hanenberg (50) lead team blockers.

Thomas Jefferson (18-6)

Seed: 9

Coach: Erik Rhee

State titles: None

Spartans finished a game behind Denver East in the 5A-4A Denver Prep League, going 5-1 and winning 15 of 18 sets. … Senior Jaden Sandoval tops TJ with 241 kills and sophomore Siale Sandoval has 225. … Siale Sandoval also has 50 aces and most blocks have been compiled by Annie McAninch (26). Jaden Sandoval has 24.

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