Creek, Heritage headed to state volleyball

Daniel P. Johnson
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The regional volleyball tournaments went pretty much according to form last weekend, and for several local teams, that was a good thing.

In Class 5A, Cherry Creek and Heritage advanced to the state tournament after winning its respective regional tournament.

The Bruins (20-5) are the No. 4-seed in the 12-team field. They defeated Rampart 3-0 and Rock Canyon 3-0 to reach state, where they play in Pool IV against No. 5 Mountain Vista and No. 9 Lakewood.

Should Cherry Creek, co-champions of the Centennial League with Eaglecrest, advance out of its pool, a semifinal match against undefeated and top-seeded Doherty is likely. The Spartans defeated the Bruins in the Cherry Creek Bruin Classic 2-0 (25-13, 25-18) back on Sept. 15. Heritage (18-7) is the No. 11 seed and will play in Pool II against No. 2 Eaglecrest and No. 7 Grandview. The Eagles earned their state berth by winning their regional tournament over Monarch 3-0 and Pine Creek 3-0. The Eagles’ first match on Nov. 9 at the Denver Coliseum is against Eaglecrest.

In Class 4A, Valor Christian played its first home matches of the season last week, after playing the entire regular season on the road due to damage suffered in the gymnasium after a water-line

break. The Eagles (18-7) defended their home court, defeating Palmer Ridge 3-1 and Frederick 3-0, to earn a spot in the state tournament.

Valor Christian in the No. 5-seed in the 12-team field and will play in Pool IV. Its first match is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9 against No. 9 Ponderosa. Also playing in Pool IV is No. 4-seed Windsor.

Pool play begins at 8 a.m. on both days, with the championship matches scheduled for 7 p.m.