HIGHLANDS RANCH | A mere handful of points kept the Rangeview volleyball team out of the Class 5A state tournament.
At No. 27, the East Metro Athletic Conference champion Raiders were the lowest seed in the three-team Region 10 group at Legend High School on Saturday, but very nearly came away with a berth in the Nov. 9-10 5A state volleyball tournament at the Denver Coliseum.
Rangeview needed two victories to advance, but finished the day 1-1 and ended the season with a 19-6 record in its first season under coach Larry Deffenbaugh.
The Raiders needed to upset 10th-seeded and host Legend in their opening match to be in position to make state and nearly did so, rebounding from a first-set loss to even the match at a set apiece. An epic third set eventually went the Titans, who prevailed 34-32 and then held off Rangeview’s push to extend the match to five sets with a two-point victory in the fourth set for a 25-20, 22-25, 34-32, 25-23 win.
Senior Allie Walker was everywhere for Rangeview in the opening match has she racked up 25 kills, 14 assists and a team-high four solo blocks, while Hannah Carnes added seven kills and 20 assists and libero Amanda Maestas recorded 29 digs.
Rangeview ended its season with a victory, however, knocking off No. 15 Rocky Mountain 25-19, 19-25, 25-21, 25-21.
Legend claimed the state tournament berth with a 25-19, 25-15, 25-13 sweep of Rocky Mountain in the last match of the day.
CLASS 5A REGION 10 VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Saturday at Legend High School)
No. 10 Legend def. NO. 27 RANGEVIEW 25-20, 22-25, 34-32, 25-23
NO. 27 RANGEVIEW def. No. 15 Rocky Mountain 25-19, 19-25, 25-21, 25-21
No. 10 Legend def. No. 15 Rocky Mountain 25-19, 25-15, 25-13; State qualifier: Legend
Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555