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It wasn't that long ago that Fairview head coach Kelsey Spencer was a formidable volleyball player for the Knights. In fact, some of her players now may have just been in middle school when Spencer tallied her last stuff block for FHS.

One thing eluded Spencer, who graduated in 2011, the two years of varsity play she had: a Front Range League title.

But in her first season guiding the varsity team, Fairview was able to take that off the to-do list — for the first time ever.

"It was amazing, and it's just so cool to be able to relate to our players from that side of things and also just be able to coach them," said Spencer, who much like a lot of her team played under former coach Brooke Simmons. "To be able to achieve something as a coach I wasn't able to as a player, but still for Fairview, it's been a rewarding experience."

The Knights have been lucky in health and experience, and they hope to bring both to the table along with inspired play to the Class 5A regionals. Fairview earned a No. 14 seed and will be in the three-team regional at Highlands Ranch High against the No. 11 Falcons and No. 26 Columbine. Only one team from each of the 12 regionals move on to the state tournament Nov. 13-14 at the Denver Coliseum.

Spencer, an FHS junior varsity coach prior to this season, took over a team that had most of its pieces from a state-qualifying squad last year. The Knights adjusted quickly to their new coach and flew through the FRL. A second appearance at state would be unprecedented for the program.


"It was great to know we had leaders to show some others the ropes but also just be confident on the court," Spencer said. "I really feel like if we play like I know we can Saturday, we're going to like our results."

Boulder also made the 5A regionals from the FRL, and the Panthers will play Saturday at Castle View High School.

Holy Family will host a Class 4A regional with another first-year head coach leading the way. Krista Solomon's Tigers bounced back from an atypical 2014 campaign to go 20-3 and gain the No. 4 seed, and HFHS will host Niwot as well as Battle Mountain.


Class 5A volleyball regionals

to be completed by Nov. 7

Region 1 (at Chatfield HS): (1) Chatfield, (24) Rangeview, (36) Fruita Monument

Region 2 (at Mountain Vista HS): (2) Mountain Vista, (23) Coronado, (35) Bear Creek

Region 3 (at Cherokee Trail HS): (3) Cherokee Trail, (22) Fossil Ridge, (34) Douglas County

Region 4 (at Chaparral HS): (4) Chaparral, (21) Loveland, (33) Grand Junction

Region 5 (at Rock Canyon HS): (5) Rock Canyon, (20) Pine Creek, (32) Poudre

Region 6 (at Legend HS): (6) Legend, (19) Brighton, (31) Legacy

Region 7 (at Rocky Mountain HS): (7) Rocky Mountain, (18) Regis Jesuit, (30) Liberty

Region 8 (at Grandview HS): (8) Grandview, (17) Prairie View, (29) Fort Collins

Region 9 (at Castle View HS): (9) Castle View, (16) Denver East, (28) Boulder

Region 10 (at Ralston Valley HS): (10) Ralston Valley, (15) Arapahoe, (27) ThunderRidge

Region 11 (at Highlands Ranch HS): (11) Highlands Ranch, (14) Fairview, (26) Columbine

Region 12 (at Cherry Creek HS): (12) Cherry Creek, (13) Lakewood, (25) Rampart

Class 4A

Region 1 (at Cheyenne Mountain HS): (1) Cheyenne Mountain, (24) Durango, (36) Weld Central

Region 2 (at Lewis-Palmer HS): (2) Lewis-Palmer, (23) Pueblo West, (35) Littleton

Region 3 (at Ponderosa HS): (3) Ponderosa, (22) The Classical Academy, (34) Palmer Ridge

Region 4 (at Holy Family HS): (4) Holy Family, (21) Battle Mountain, (33) Niwot

Region 5 (at Montrose HS): (5) Montrose, (20) Discovery Canyon, (32) Pueblo County

Region 6 (at Longmont HS): (6) Longmont, (19) Valor Christian, (31) Woodland Park

Region 7 (at Windsor HS): (7) Windsor, (18) Mountain View, (30) Palisade

Region 8 (at Steamboat Springs HS): (8) Steamboat Springs, (17) Erie, (29) Silver Creek

Region 9 (at Delta HS): (9) Delta, (16) Roosevelt, (28) D'Evelyn

Region 10 (at Evergreen HS): (10) Evergreen, (15) Eagle Valley, (27) Mesa Ridge

Region 11 (at Berthoud HS): (11) Berthoud, (14) Thomas Jefferson, (26) Fort Morgan

Region 12 (at Air Academy HS): (12) Air Academy, (13) Elizabeth, (25) Mead

Class 3A

Region 1 (at Eaton HS): (1) Eaton, (24) Salida, (36) Jefferson Academy

Region 2 (at University HS): (2) University, (23) Machebeuf, (35) Gunnison

Region 3 (at Platte Valley HS): (3) Platte Valley, (22) Eagle Ridge, (34) Fountain Valley

Region 4 (at Alamosa HS): (4) Alamosa, (21) Frontier Academy, (33) Olathe

Region 5 (at Colorado Springs Christian HS): (5) C.S. Christian, (20) Centauri, (32) Kent Denver

Region 6 (at Lutheran HS): (6) Lutheran, (19) Bennett, (31) Lamar

Region 7 (at Valley HS): (7) Valley, (18) Buena Vista, (30) Liberty Common

Region 8 (at Manitou Springs HS): (8) Manitou Springs, (17) Bayfield, (29) Brush

Region 9 (at Middle Park HS): (9) Middle Park, (16) Sterling, (28) The Vanguard

Region 10 (at Coal Ridge HS): (10) Coal Ridge, (15) La Junta, (27) St. Mary's Academy

Region 11 (at St. Mary's HS): (11) St. Mary's, (14) Faith Christian, (26) Grand Valley

Region 12 (at Pagosa Springs HS): (12) Pagosa Springs, (13) Peak to Peak, (25) DSST-Stapleton

Class 2A

Region A (at Rye HS): Rye, Del Norte, Las Animas

Region B (at Resurrection Christian HS): Resurrection Christian, Caliche, Union Colony

Region C (at Cedaredge HS): Cedaredge, Dolores, West Grand

Region D (at Byers HS): Byers, Kiowa, Denver Christian

Region E (at Sargent HS): Sargent, Fowler, Custer County

Region F (at Yuma HS): Yuma, Lyons, Wiggins

Region G (at Ridgway HS): Ridgway, Paonia, Ignacio

Region H (at Colo. Springs School): C.S.S., Limon, Simla

Class 1A

Region A (at La Veta HS): La Veta, Nucla, Sierra Grande

Region B (at Lamar CC): Kit Carson, South Baca, Cheyenne Wells

Region C (at Otis HS): Otis, Genoa-Hugo, Hi-Plains

Region D (at Community Christian HS): Community Christian, Prairie, Longmont Christian

Region E (at Norwood HS): Norwood, Sangre de Cristo, Plateau Valley

Region F (at Lamar CC): Springfield, McClave, Holly

Region G (at Flagler HS): Flagler, Idalia, Liberty/Stratton

Region H (at Northeastern JC): Weldon Valley, Rocky Mountain Lutheran, Fleming


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