The end of the 2012 Colorado volleyball season had a familiar theme, as the top-seeded team in each of the five classifications earned championships Saturday at the Denver Coliseum.
The list of champs, in order: Doherty (Colorado Springs)
(5A), Cheyenne Mountain (Colorado Springs)
(4A), Valley (Gilcrest)
(3A), Lutheran (Parker)
(2A) and Weldon Valley (Weldona)
(1A). In the case of Cheyenne Mountain, the program won its fifth 4A title in a row. MaxPreps Colorado state volleyball bracketsClass 5AHaleigh Washington
can dunk a volleyball. She has the calluses to prove it. So, yes, the 6-foot-4 senior does make it look effortless as she rises above the court time and again, swinging her arm for yet another kill.
Washington finished with a match-high 14 kills in leading top-ranked Doherty to the Class 5A volleyball state championship with a 25-17, 25-14, 25-15 sweep of No. 7 Grandview (Aurora)
to read the full story by Ryan Casey of The Denver Post.Class 5A photo gallery
Close? Cheyenne Mountain and Lewis-Palmer know close, especially between their volleyball programs.
They had played earlier in the season, when Lewis-Palmer (Monument)
took a 3-1 decision with three of the games being decided by two points each.
to read the full story by Neil H. Devlin of The Denver Post.Class 4A photo galleryClass 3A
The Valley Vikings completed a perfect season with their second Class 3A title in three years Saturday, defeating state tournament newcomer Gunnison
in the finals at Denver Coliseum.
Senior Courtney Chacon
led Valley to the 25-15, 25-15, 25-16 victory with 22 kills and 17 digs. The Vikings finished 29-0 and only lost three sets during the year, including two in a five-set semifinal thriller against St. Mary's (Colorado Springs).
to read the full story by Mike Chambers of The Denver Post.Class 3A photo galleryClass 2A
So is it harder to win a first championship or successfully defend that title?
"They're both very difficult," Lutheran coach Alicia Oates said.
to read the full story by The Denver Post.Class 2A photo galleryClass 1A
to read the full story by The Denver Post.Class 1A semifinals photo gallery: Weldon Valley v. FlemingClass 1A semifinals photo gallery: Caliche v. Otis