BROOMFIELD — The dream season for the Broomfield volleyball team still has one more chapter to be written.
The Eagles swept both the Rangeview Rangers and Heritage Eagles in the 5A Region 5 tournament on Saturday and qualified for the Class 5A state volleyball tournament at the Denver Coliseum next week.
For the eight seniors on the roster, it marks their first trip to the state tournament and completes a goal they had set for this season.
“This feels really amazing,” Broomfield’s Vicki Fankell said. “I think winning those in three sets was big for us. I’m really excited for state and what’s to come.”
Fankell was one of five key players that ignited the offense at the net in order to get the two victories.
Hope Hanak-Harper got the offense rolling in the first set Saturday morning versus Rangeview with multiple kills that led them to a 25-12 win. Fankell became the focal point in sets two and three with some help from Courtney Wristen as Broomfield won 25-19, 25-21 for the first sweep.
Against Heritage, Fankell and Sophie Buschmann became the attacking duo for Broomfield as it won 25-18 in the first set and led from start to finish in set two to win 25-21.
“We can throw people in the middle of the match and we know they will do what we need them to do for our team,” Hanak-Harper said. “That’s what is really special about this group.”
Heritage put up a fight in the final set and led the majority of the way thanks to some success slowing down the Broomfield offense with digs in the back row and tips at the net to set up the offense. Slowly, Broomfield got the offense on track and rallied from five points down to lead 21-19 thanks to a 7-0 run. They would score 11 of the last 12 points in the set to win 25-20, leading to a celebration on the court that was joined by the students in attendance who provided support.
“We knew we wanted to come in and beat both teams in three (sets) to get us prepared for state,” Fankell said. “Making sure we were able to play smart and put balls away at the end is really important for us.”
Fankell led the Eagles with 24 total kills on Saturday, followed by Hanak-Harper with 12 and Buschmann with 11. Broomfield also played big at the net and recorded 20 blocks in the two wins.
“Our strongest part was our defense today and making sure every ball was up,” Fankell said.
Saturday marked the highlight so far for the Broomfield seniors and the biggest improvement in their high school careers. First was six wins in 2016, and then came 10 wins in 2017 and 12 last year — with the latter two of those resulting in regional tournament appearances. They saved the best for last with a 12-win improvement in 2019 and a regional title won on their home floor.
“We decided as a group that it was going to be our leadership that was going to carry our team,” Hanak-Harper said. “We’ve been on some teams in the past where that wasn’t really present, so we decided that we were going to be the seniors for this group that would carry this team all the way. There are eight of us, and I think everyone has done a great job. It’s something we all had to do, and I’m proud that we were able to do that.”
The seniors and the rest of the Broomfield roster will now turn its attention to the state volleyball tournament next week with the hopes to making a dream season even more memorable.
“I think it will be amazing,” Fankell said. “This is what we’ve been working for. This is the year we’ve been waiting for. It will be an amazing feeling walking into that gym.”