A number of the top prep volleyball clubs in the BoCoPreps.com area are off to a flying start to the 2017 season, no doubt about it.

Not only are these teams winning matches and littering the CHSAANow.com rankings, they're also already facing the type of competition that will prepare them for the state tournament.

The Holy Family Tigers, for example, have risen to the No. 2 spot in Class 4A and played in a loaded Regis Jam invitational tournament hosted by Regis Jesuit High School over the weekend where they were dealt their first two losses of the season by Class 5A Nos. 2 and 3 Rock Canyon and Castle View.

The fourth-ranked Niwot Cougars gained some similar experience while taking third at the Lewis-Palmer Invitational on Saturday, just a few days after a big win over then eighth-ranked Silver Creek. Following an unbeaten run through pool play, the Cougars were dealt their first loss of the season by top-ranked defending state champion Lewis-Palmer in the semifinals.

"Thursday night against Silver Creek was phenomenal," Cougars head coach Daisha Agho said. "The girls were ready and I was really impressed with Makenzie (Fidelak) and her ability to get the girls to understand the scenario, playing against another top 10 team. They executed the game plan perfectly.


"At the Lewis-Palmer tournament, we had a tough pool right off the bat. Going up against Lewis-Palmer, I think we were a little bit awe-struck in the first set but we got a rhythm after a while and it was exciting to see the girls respond in that second set."

The Cougars went on to defeat Class 3A No. 6 Bayfield in the third-place match.

Hosting their own tournament over the weekend, the Silver Creek Raptors placed fourth at their Best of the Best Tournament on Saturday. They were without standout hitter Riley Anderson for the entire tournament, which opened up the opportunity for other players to gain valuable experience.

"I think the season is going well so far," Raptors head coach Tatum McKenzie said. "Riley has been out a little bit with some illness and she had ACTs on Saturday, so we didn't have her Saturday. We graduated 11 seniors last season so we have a lot of young players, but the girls are coming together well so far."

Lyons is off to a 6-2 start and is currently ranked third in 2A. Longmont, Silver Creek, Frederick, Jefferson Academy and Peak to Peak all received votes in the latest CHSAANow.com poll.

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