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Volleyball: Erie wins first state tournament match in program’s history

Mead, Broomfield lose in first round of state tournament

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    Erie's Peyton Michaelson, left, and Lily Kurz combine to form a wall at the net on Cheyenne Mountain's Ella Eddy at the Class 4A state tournament Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at the Denver Coliseum.

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    Erie's Maggie Olson attempts a serve during the Tigers' morning match of the Class 4A state tournament on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at the Denver Coliseum.

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    Erie setter Jess Amend puts a ball up at the net for a teammate as Erie plays Cheyenne Mountain at the Class 4A state tournament at the Denver Coliseum Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.

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    Skye Ramsey, left, celebrates with her Erie teammates after a point scored during their morning matchup with Cheyenne Mountain at the 4A state tournament Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at the Denver Coliseum.

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    Erie's Kate Sebesta, right, attempts an attack against Cheyenne Mountain in the Tigers' opening match of the Class 4A state tournament at the Denver Coliseum on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.

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    Broomfield's Vicki Fankell hits the volleyball on a back-row attack during their Class 5A state tournament match against Highlands Ranch Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at the Denver Coliseum.

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    Broomfield's Vicki Fankell digs the volleyball to keep the play alive for the Eagles against Highlands Ranch at the Class 5A state tournament Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 in Denver.

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    Broomfield's Kristina Consbruck reacts to a play on the other side of the net as the Eagles played Highlands Ranch at the Class 5A state tournament in Denver Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.

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    Broomfield's Kristina Consbruck, right, sets up teammate Cailyn Gasser during the team's Class 5A state tournament match against Highlands Ranch on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at the Denver Coliseum.

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    Nikki Gorman of Broomfield digs the volleyball against Highlands Ranch in the Eagles' Class 5A state tournament match at the Denver Coliseum Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.

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    Mead's Lauren Steidl, center, puts up a pass for an offensive play as the Mavericks played Coronado at the Class 4A state tournament at the Denver Coliseum on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.

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    The Mead volleyball team celebrates a point against Coronado during the first day of the Class 4A state tournament at the Denver Coliseum on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.

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    Mead's Quincey Coyle slams the volleyball on an attack attempt against Coronado at the Class 4A state tournament on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 in Denver.

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    Mead's Makenzie Morton, left, goes to stuff block Coronado's Caroline Risenhoover during their match at the Class 4A state tournament at the Denver Coliseum Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.

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    Mead's Hailee Martinez tries to set a teammate as the Mavericks play Coronado on the first day of the Class 4A state tournament on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 in Denver.

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DENVER – For years, this group of Erie volleyball players has spent time staring up at banners in their gym that reminded them of how the volleyball team at Erie had not been to the state tournament since 1994.

The Tigers can finally put all that talk to bed.

At the Denver Coliseum on Thursday, the Tigers took the Class 4A court as the No. 7 seed to officially make their return to the state tournament after 25 years of waiting. Then they won their first match, 22-25, 25-16, 25-16, 21-25, 15-10 over No. 10 Cheyenne Mountain, to become the first team in Erie volleyball history to win a match at a state championship tournament.

Sky Ramsey, left, celebrates with her ...
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Skye Ramsey, left, celebrates with her Erie teammates after a point scored during their morning matchup with Cheyenne Mountain at the 4A state tournament Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at the Denver Coliseum.

“It feels like we broke a trend and are setting a new one,” Tigers senior setter Jessica Amend said. “It feels awesome to be working for it my freshman year all the way up to my senior year and then finally being here and getting that first win. We talked about making that change and how this was our year a lot.

“We had two moments when it hit us that we were good enough to be going to state. The first one was this morning when we walked through our school with everyone clapping and cheering for us. The second one was winning that match.”

Amend added that the Tigers played their first match relatively pressure-free knowing that there weren’t many, if any, external expectations for them to win and advance. They looked loose despite their first match having to be decided by a back-and-forth fifth set.

Senior Kate Sebesta led the Tigers with 15 kills, fellow senior Addyson Huber had 11, and junior Peyton Michaelson and sophomore Maggie Olson each had eight. Senior Skye Ramsey led the Tigers with 10 digs and Amend had 48 assists.

“We focus on having fun and trusting each other, and putting ourselves in hard situations in our practice gym so that when we come down here it’s the fun part,” Erie head coach Molly Creek said. “We came down here early so we could breathe it all in and enjoy it. Then we came out just ready to go.”

Because of the state tournament running behind schedule in several classifications, the Tigers’ second-round match against No. 2 Montrose was not completed before press time.

The first day of the double-elimination Olympic crossover bracket was less kind to the Mead squad. The Mavericks entered the tournament as the No. 4 overall seed in 4A and had a first-round bye. In the second round, they lost 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 25-15 to No. 5 Coronado, and will be in danger of elimination when they take on No. 11 Thomas Jefferson at 8 a.m. on Friday.

In Class 5A, No. 5-seeded Broomfield lost 25-17, 25-18, 25-19 to No. 12 Highlands Ranch in the first round. Senior Hope Hanak-Harper led Broomfield with six kills and senior Kristina Consbruck had 17 assists. The Eagles will play No. 6 Rampart in the first round of the elimination bracket at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.