The Resurrection Christian volleyball team breathed a sigh of relief Monday when the pools for the state tournament were announced.
The Cougars had lost a heartbreaking five-set match to Yuma during regionals hosted at RCS. That loss gave Yuma an automatic berth to state and left the Cougars hoping they would make it as a wild-card team.
They got their wish, being put in a pool with Telluride and Lutheran. Here is a look at the three teams in the Cougars’ bracket that will compete at the Denver Coliseum for a trip to the state semifinals. The semis and final will be played Saturday evening. The final is at 7 p.m.
The Cougars had a solid season, winning their conference and finishing with an 18-6 record. Their strong play allowed them to earn a wildcard spot despite losing in regionals.
The RCS offense goes through Preston Lienemann. The sophomore has 343 kills. Riliegh Lienemann, a senior, is second on the team with 186 kills.
Abby Skipworth and Madison Webb are the top blockers on the team.
The Miners went 18-6 on the season and used a five-set win over Meeker to secure their trip to state.
Telluride has two players with more than 100 kills in senior Scout Franklin and junior Erin Kean, who also leads the team in total blocks. Telluride is the No. 12 seed, the lowest in the tournament.
The Lions come in as the No. 1 seed and favorites to win state, carrying with them a 24-0 record. Lutheran has dominated its opponents, losing only nine sets over the entire season. The last set the Lions lost was on Oct. 2.
Lutheran has some players with staggering numbers. Connie Olson leads the team with 248 kills, Laura Beach has 235 and Jordyn Sturms has 142.
Olson also leads the team with 59 aces. Beach has 109 total blocks.
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