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Holy Family volleyball celebrates a victory over Mead on Oct. 18 in Broomfield. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

The volleyball regular season has come to an end, and only the top 36 teams in each classification remain. This Saturday, 10 local squads will battle it out at their respective regional tournaments to see who will earn their bids for the state tournament at the Denver Coliseum on Nov. 10.

Only the teams who win two matches in their respective competitions will advance to state.

Niwot, Holy Family, Jefferson Academy and Prospect Ridge Academy all won regional tournament hosting responsibilities.

Broomfield Eagles, 5A Region 5

Who they’re playing: The Eagles picked up the No. 20 seed, meaning they’ll make the trip to No. 5 Rampart along with No. 32 Vista PEAK Prep.

Streaks on streaks: The Eagles began the season flying high with a 7-2 record and responded to a three-match losing streak with a bit more ferocity. They won seven straight and only dropped one set in that time frame. They enter the postseason with a 16-7 record and 10-3 in the Front Range League

Who to watch: Senior middle blocker Lillia Neill has proven herself quite the killer queen with 279 kills to date, but senior middle blocker Tayler Dye and junior defensive specialist Grace Swenson have been quite the Swiss Army Knives. Dye has collected 173 kills, 37 aces and 42 blocks while Swenson has added 158 kills and 198 digs.

Erie Tigers, 5A Region 8

Who they’re playing: The Tigers will head to No. 8 Cherry Creek as the No. 29 seed and will be joined by No. 17 Castle View.

Streaks on streaks: The Tigers spent much of the season finding their rhythm among tough 5A play, but hit their schedule with a wrecking ball in the last couple weeks of the season to win six straight with five sweeps. They finished the regular season with a 13-10 record and went 8-5 through FRL play.

Who to watch: Senior Rowan Ramsey has become a jack of all trades for the Tigers with 247 kills, 56 aces and 273 digs. Junior right side hitter Myla Wilkes has had 135 successful blocks and senior defensive specialist Jadyn Aragon has dominated the back row with 446 digs.

Legacy Lightning, 5A Region 10

Who they’re playing: The Lightning will travel down to No. 10 Chatfield as the No. 15 seed along with No. 27 Highlands Ranch.

Streaks on streaks: The Lightning’s season was defined by long winning streaks that were broken up by a loss here and there. They’ll enter the postseason with a 20-3 record after going 10-3 in the FRL.

Who to watch: Senior outside hitter Alexandra Urbina has proven she can excel in the front and back rows with 259 kills and 241 digs but senior middle blocker Alynna Haggadone (124 kills, 50 aces, 28 blocks, 195 digs) and junior outside hitter Taryn McGonigle (161 kills, 41 aces, 195 digs) are right there with her.

Frederick High School's Kelsey Mathews (No. ...
Frederick High School’s Kelsey Mathews (No. 12) tries to spike the ball past Holy Family High School’s Kaila McCracken (No. 6) on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

Frederick Golden Eagles, 4A Region 5

Who they’re playing: The Golden Eagles earned the No. 20 seed and will head down to No. 5 Lewis-Palmer alongside No. 32 Pueblo Central.

Streaks on streaks: The Golden Eagles struggled to find consistency throughout the regular season but strung together enough victories to rise above their final four-match losing skid. They completed their previous slate with a 13-10 record, going 7-5 in the 4A/3A Longs Peak League.

Who to watch: Senior setter Delaney Frank can do a little bit of everything, as she serves as one of the team leaders in nearly every statistical category with 133 kills, 83 aces, 195 digs and 327 assists. Only senior outside hitter Katelin Sindelar (206 kills, 45 aces, 135 digs) and junior middle hitter Kelsey Mathews (134 kills, 50 blocks) have been able to compare.

Niwot Cougars, 4A Region 7

Who they’re playing: The Cougars continued to prove themselves strong competitors among 4A competition and will host their own regional as the No. 7 seed. They’ll welcome No. 18 Steamboat Springs and No. 30 Pueblo East.

Streaks on streaks: Aside from a few small winning and losing streaks here and there, the Cougars bared their claws from Sept. 27 to Oct. 28, during which they claimed victory in 11 of 12 contests. They’ll begin the postseason with a 16-7 record and 10-2 in the LPL.

Who to watch: Senior outside hitter Paige Demosthenes has skied atop the Cougars with impressive numbers in three key categories, thanks to her 162 kills, 42 aces and 157 digs. Junior middle blocker Addison Engel has added 142 kills and 49 blocks to those totals.

Holy Family Tigers, 4A Region 11

Who they’re playing: After earning the No. 11 seed, the Tigers will host No. 14 Palisade and No. 26 The Classical Academy.

Streaks on streaks: The Tigers struggled to find consistency throughout the season but let three winning streaks of four or five matches catapult them to the postseason. They ended the regular season with a 16-7 record and 6-1 in the NCAC, which was good for second place in the league standings behind Windsor.

Who to watch: Senior outside hitter Morgan Anderson collected 125 kills, 28 aces and 177 digs to prove her value all over the court. Only junior outside hitter Ava Olsen (161 kills, 36 blocks), junior outside hitter Alexandra Ward (126 kills, 136 digs) and senior setter Megan Gonzales (136 digs, 302 assists) could compare.

Mead Mavericks, 4A Region 12

Who they’re playing: The Mavericks picked up the No. 25 seed, meaning they’ll have to make the trip down to No. 12 Pueblo County and will also face No. 13 Roosevelt.

Streaks on streaks: The Mavericks took a while to find their identity early in the season, but let a 3-0 win over Frederick midway through September vault them toward success in the second half of the season, including during a five-match winning streak not long after. They’ll enter the postseason with an 11-12 record and 6-2 in the NCAC.

Who to watch: Sophomore outside hitter Hailey Hall and senior setter Rebekah Rayl rose to the top of two statistical categories apiece as Hall collected 225 kills and 36 aces and Rayl added 48 aces and 382 assists.

Mead High School's Dree Coursey (No. ...
Mead High School’s Dree Coursey (No. 10) spikes the ball past Longmont High School’s Makenna Smith (No. 2) on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

Peak to Peak Pumas, 3A Region 5

Who they’re playing: The Pumas earned the 20th seed after completing their 3A slate and will head way south to No. 5 Alamosa to try to tame the Mean Moose along with No. 32 Pinnacle.

Streaks on streaks: The Pumas muddled through an inconsistent schedule but leaned on a four-match winning streak at the end of September to open a berth to the postseason. They ended their regular season with a 13-10 record, going 6-5 in the 3A/2A Metro League.

Who to watch: Senior outside hitter Sophie Hey was an iron curtain at the net, as she amassed 110 kills and 89 blocks while adding 24 aces. Senior outside hitter Rory West contributed another 99 kills, 231 digs and 20 aces.

Jefferson Academy Jaguars, 3A Region 8

Who they’re playing: The Jaguars accomplished just enough during the regular season to earn the No. 8 seed and a hosting bid for regionals, and they’ll welcome No. 17 Manitou Springs along with No. 29 Fort Lupton to their gym.

Streaks on streaks: The Jaguars’ season was defined by long winning streaks interrupted by losses here and there as they completed their slate with a 17-6 record and 8-2 in the Metro League. That was good enough for second behind Faith Christian.

Who to watch: Junior middle blocker Emilee Harding served as a team leader for the
Jaguars as she aggregated 157 kills, 41 aces and 44 blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Monica Slusser backed her up with 146 kills, 31 aces and 132 digs.

Prospect Ridge Academy Miners, 3A Region 10

Who they’re playing: Much like the Jaguars, the Miners put together a strong enough performance through the fall to earn the No. 10 seed and their own regional. They’ll welcome No. 15 Liberty Common and No. 27 Moffat County.

Streaks on streaks: The Miners suffered a bit of discord and inconsistency in the final few weeks of the regular season, but allowed an early five-match winning streak to guide them toward their regional bid. They ended the first chapter with a 17-6 record, going 8-3 in the Metro League.

Who to watch: Junior outside hitter Ella Luhmann rose above the rest as she attacked the net and defended against enemy fire with 145 kills and 210 digs. Senior setter Kenna DeKloe contributed 25 aces and 143 assists.

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