Lyons senior Jessica Boxrud bumps the ball with her back to the net in a showdown with Resurrection Christian earlier in the season.
Lyons senior Jessica Boxrud bumps the ball with her back to the net in a showdown with Resurrection Christian earlier in the season. (Trevor L. Davis / Staff Photographer)

It's difficult to imagine a 19-4 volleyball team needing a bounce-back season, but that's exactly what the 2015 Lyons Lions faced after losing three straight district games to end last year so abruptly.

With a new coach in Mason Johnson bringing new systems and ideas, there were questions as to whether the Lions could keep up the type of elite play they've shown over the past couple of seasons.

They answered the call, though, starting out with 11 straight wins before pesky Resurrection Christian was able to extend a state-record win streak at the Lions' expense.

A few weeks later, Lyons seems poised to be one of the teams most capable of pulling off an upset in the Class 2A regionals, bringing a 20-3 mark to Yuma. Union Colony Prep is the only other team besides Resurrection Christian, a two-time defending state champion, to have beaten Lyons this year.

Consider the past two weeks' schedule for Lyons: since Oct. 17, they've played Union Colony twice, Dayspring Christian twice and Resurrection Christian for a second time. All of those teams finished in the top 5 of the final CHSAAnow.com rankings, and Lyons went 4-2.

"I think the biggest contributor to them adjusting to a new coach was the work they did in the preseason," Johnson said Wednesday. "All the girls in the program spent tons of hours in the summer, playing together, and so the adjusting was already there.

"I feel like we're in a really good place right now. We're going to see teams we haven't seen all year. Yuma is a team that has been highly ranked all season, and it's an opportunity to see and scout a team we know we're going to have to beat if we want to get where we want."


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That destination is the state tournament on Nov. 13-14 at the Denver Coliseum, where some of the LHS seniors were in 2013 as sophomores.

Most of the other local teams are still alive right alongside the Lions. In 4A, Longmont will host a regional on Saturday, while Niwot, Erie, Silver Creek and Mead are all playing regionals throughout the state. Longmont Christian is still active in the 1A ranks.

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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