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
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
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
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
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