The Windsor volleyball team has now completed two of its three main objectives for the 2012 season, but the final one looms large.
The Wizards aim at the start of the year was to earn a return trip to the state championships. On the way that meant winning conference and regional titles.
The conference championship was sealed awhile back. Windsor went undefeated in the Tri-Valley Conference. And on Saturday the Wizards beat both Niwot and Conifer to win their regional championship.
“I thought the opponent today was good competition and we didn’t roll over anyone and that’s a good thing because we can’t expect that next week,” Windsor coach LaVerne Huston said. “We’re going to have to come to play and be a lot sharper.”
In the opening match Windsor took the first set against Niwot, but the Cougars fought back to win the second set. The Wizards then won the final two to win in four sets.
Niwot then defeated Conifer in the second match. In the finale Windsor probably played its best ball of the day, sweeping the Lobos to clinch the title and trip to state.
Windsor is now 22-3, with two of the losses coming last weekend to teams ranked in the top 10 of 5A.
Now Windsor makes its return trip to state after losing in the semi-finals a year ago. Players feel like there is some unfinished business to be taken care of, and that their experience will help them as they try and go deep in the tournament.
“I think it’s going to be awesome,” senior libero Taylor Pribble said. “Last year a lot of us had never been before, so it was kind of like we didn’t know what to expect. Now we’re ready for it.”
The team quietly celebrated the regional championship. They took a quick team picture with the trophy, then moved on. But Huston did take a moment to soak in what her team has accomplished thus far.
“It’s definitely been a great year. This was our goal coming in,” Huston said. “This is where we wanted to be, back to the state tournament. We’ve reached that, but we can’t be satisfied with that.”
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