COLORADO SPRINGS — The 2021 CHSAA volleyball state championship at Broadmoor World Arena continued Friday into day 2 of the tournament.
Friday morning started off with a hard-fought battle between Valor Christian and Rampart, but the defending champions were eliminated.
Pueblo West was also eliminated early by Ralston Valley in 3 straight sets.
Cheyenne Mountain's offense struggled up against Niwot's front row blockers falling 3-0, (25-15, 25-20, 25-21).
The defending champions, Palmer Ridge Bears swept No.4 Thompson Valley in 3 (25-22, 31-29, 29-27). The Eagles wouldn't make it easy, pushing the Bears past 25 in the last two sets.
Discovery Canyon loss on Thursday put them in survival mode Friday morning. The Thunder defeated Erie then Frederick and will face Cheyenne Mountain Saturday morning. The winner of Cheyenne Mountain and Discovery Canyon will play Palmer Ridge in the semifinals.
Lamar won in five over Sterling and will now play the winner of Saturday’s 9:30 a.m. match. The No.6 Sterling team gave Lamar a fight, claiming set two and four pushing the match to the wire in the 5th set.
In the first round of consolation matches, Rye swept No. 9 Hoehne. Following, Fowler had a day of their own by knocking off No. 12 Akron. When Fowler moved onto the must-win elimination round, Rye made a comeback win pushing the match to five. Rye will now play Holyoke Saturday at 9:30 A.M.
Teams from all over Colorado have flocked to the Broadmoor World Arena for the 2021 CHSAA volleyball state championship.
The following are the results from Day 1 of competition for our local Southern Colorado teams:
The defending 5A champions, the Rampart Rams, fell in the first round to legend in 5 sets (23-25, 17-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-13). The Rams controlled most of the match, but could never put the Titans away. Rampart now faces a win or go home game against Valor Christian on Friday morning at 8 A.M.
The Pueblo West Cyclones also lost their first round game to Broomfield in 4 sets, 3 to 1. The Cyclones were able to tie the game at a set a piece, but would fall in the final two sets (25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21). Pueblo West will also face elimination against Ralston Valley on Friday morning at 9:30 A.M.
Both the defending 4A champs Palmer Ridge Bears & the top-seeded Cheyenne Mountain Red-Tailed Hawks advanced to the quarterfinals on Thursday. The Bears beat Discovery Canyon in 4 sets (25-10, 18-25, 26-24, 25-13). The Thunder will face elimination against Erie on Friday morning at 9:30 A.M., while Palmer Ridge will take on Thompson Valley at 2 P.M.
For Cheyenne Mountain, the beat Holy Family in 4 sets (25-15, 25-21, 20-25, 25-9) and will face Niwot at 3:30 P.M.
Lamar takes the win over Platte Valley 3 to 1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-21, 25-22). Lamar will face No.6 Sterling at 3:30 P.M. Friday.
The Folwer Grizzlies were upset in the first game at state, falling to Wiggins 3 to 1 (17-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-15), and will face Akron on Friday afternoon in an elimination game. After winning their first-round game against Limon (25-21, 25-18, 25-14), the Rye Thunderbolts fell in the 2nd round to Meeker in 4 sets (16-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-18). The Bolts will take on Hoehne in a win or go home game at Friday morning at 11 A.M.