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."
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
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