COLORADO SPRINGS — Frederick volleyball did nearly everything right throughout the 2021 fall season. The Warriors won 22 games through the regional tournament and dropped just three.
That all changed at the Class 4A state tournament on Thursday on Friday, when the best of the best teams in Colorado converged at Broadmoor World Arena. The fifth-seeded Warriors’ ride ended late Friday night when No. 8 Discovery Canyon eliminated them in a 3-0 campaign.
“I’m amazed. They’ve done something no other Frederick team has done,” head coach Suzanne Robison said. “We’ve never had a team that’s won as many games as they did. We’ve never made it past regionals and to get to the final eight of the state playoffs is truly a testament to their heart and their will.”
The Warriors may have fallen in the end, but their heads shouldn’t. Even through defeat, they shined with grace. And they made Discovery Canyon work for every single point it earned, especially through the first two sets. The Thunder won out, barely, with set scores of 25-21, 25-22 and 25-14.
Senior Ashley Livingston, one of the six seniors to be saying goodbye this year, has seen the team grow not just in its physicality but in its mentality and confidence as well. She’s confident this team has the tools to be successful for quite some time.
“It’s just an unimaginable pride,” Livingston said. “We’ve come such a long way from the beginning of the season and even from where we thought we would be, mentally and physically. I’m so proud of this team just because of how much we love each other and how we’re able to persevere and respect our opponents and respect our love for the game.”
Mead joins Niwot as part of 4A’s final six
With an incredible five-setter against No. 3 seed Windsor, and then later a convincing sweep of rival Holy Family, Mead forged its way into Saturday play as part of the final six teams remaining in the 4A realm and will face Thompson Valley in an elimination game at 9:30 a.m.
The 12 seed, Mead rallied from down 2-1 against the Wizards before taking the fifth set with extra points, 17-15.
Having won both games against Holy Family during the regular season, there was no slowing down for MHS despite a lengthy delay getting back on the court. The Tigers could handle the heavy hitters up front, and Mead improved to 17-11 overall while more importantly setting the stage for another surge of a performance.
The winner between the Mavs and Eagles will face Niwot in the semifinals, scheduled for 2 p.m.
Holy Family finishes 2-2
It was a roller coaster for Holy Family at the 4A state tournament, no doubt. The Tigers began each day seizing momentum only to see it dwindle in the late stages of the evening both Thursday and Friday. Wins against Erie and Palisade brought them to 18 victories this season, but a loss against Cheyenne Mountain Thursday put HFHS on the ropes. Mead, which seemingly had the Tigers’ number this season, delivered the knockout punch Friday night, 3-0.
Broomfield battles to the bitter end
Friday was a long, long day for the Broomfield Eagles as they wrapped up their 5A state tournament play around midnight. The Front Range League champions earlier on Friday rebounded from a late Thursday loss against Chaparral by beating Highlands Ranch in convincing 3-0 fashion (25-22, 25-21, 26-24), pitting them against Legend in the 5A nightcap.
Turns out, the Titans carried a bit more energy into the end, winning the final three sets to stun BHS, 3-2 (20-25, 23-25, 25-14, 26-24, 15-10). Broomfield finished its fantastic season with a 25-4 mark.
Erie ends phenomenal season at second day of state
It’s not often that a team can collect 20 wins during a season, but Erie completed the feat before the seventh-seeded Tigers even stepped on the court at the Broadmoor World Arena on Thursday for the 4A state tournament. Unluckily for them, however, they had to face an upset-minded, 10th-seeded Holy Family team in the first round. They fell 3-1, parlaying into a Friday morning match against No. 8 seed Discovery Canyon. The road ended there, as the Thunder defeated EHS in five sets, 3-2.
The Tigers ended the season 20-7 amid stiff 4A competition and will return all but six ladies for next year.