Week five of the high school volleyball season picks up pace tonight with several early but important league encounters. We update the results in each class below and indicate what they mean to conference standings and possibly playoff berths.
- #5 Haxtun stays hot and collects an impressive three game sweep of 2A #2 Wiggins inside the Lower Platte. The Tigers are the defending state champions but Haxtun improved to 8-2 with their eighth consecutive win. More importantly they move to 2-0 in conference play and continue to share the early lead. Wiggins ended a five-match winning streak and fell to 7-2 on the season.
- #3 Fleming had little trouble as expected in beating Caliche 3-0. The Wildcats now sit at 8-1 on the season and should land another win on Thursday at home against Peetz.
- #2 Briggsdale picked up an important non-league win as they moved past Flatirons Academy in three sets. The Bison had won four straight since an opening loss to Dayspring Christian. Briggsdale is now 8-2 and will host Otis on Friday.
- #4 Wiley got back on the court for the first time since the loss of four students in a car accident last week. The Panthers moved past South Baca in three. The match was originally set for Vilas (South Baca) but was moved to Wiley to help the school through these difficult times. In fact, opponents of the Panthers have moved their games to Wiley to assist in the recovery (credit to Cory Forgue of KVAY radio).
- #9 Genoa Hugo bounced back from a tough week to sweep 2A Peyton. The Pirates dropped conference matchups with #6 Stratton and #10 Limon (2A) last week.
- In the first of two very important contests between the two clubs inside the Santa Fe league, #4 Fowler took out #7 Hoehne in three sets. The two teams are expected to finish 1-2 atop the standings at years end so the Grizzlies take the early advantage. Fowler dominated sets one (25-12) and three (25-13) in winning the match.
- #9 Denver Christian scored a mild upset over #5 Dayspring Christian (3-1) and with it took control of the Mile High league chase. The Thunder are the two-time defending league champion and the win was their second important inside the league schedule. They entered off a win over Union Colony Prep last week. Dayspring suffered just their second loss of the season with the first coming against top ranked Merino (1A) at the NJC tournament last month.
- #10 Limon used a quick three set sweep of Bennett to grab their fifth win of the season against just one loss. They return to league play at home against Flagler on Thursday and then have a nice matchup with #1 Merino (1A) next week.
- #1 Sedgwick County suffered their first loss of the season but had to venture out of state to do so as they fell to Chase County NE (3-2). The Cougars trailed 0-2 but then rallied to tie the match before falling in set five (15-10).
- Bayfield took over sole possession of the Intermountain lead with a four set decision over Pagosa Springs. They also handed the Pirates their loss of the season overall. The Wolverines are 6-5 against a tough overall schedule but improve to 2-0 in league play. They lead Pagosa Springs and Alamosa (1-1) by one game in the loss column. Alamosa kept pace by beating Centauri this evening as well.
- The early sorting within the Patriot league continues at Sterling and University collected important wins on Tuesday. The Tigers downed Strasburg in three and are now 1-1 in league play. That keeps them one game back of several clubs including University who worked four sets in downing Valley. The Bulldogs are 2-0 in league play and now 8-1 overall.
- #5 Eaton also kept a share of the early Patriot lead with a 3-0 win over Brush. #2 Resurrection Christian kept up their winning ways with a hard fought four set win over Platte Valley. Scores were 25-19, 18-25, 25-21 and 25-14.
- #10 Faith Christian celebrated their return to the rankings tonight by sweeping Colorado Springs Christian. It was their fifth straight win overall and now they prep for a date against Platte Valley. The Broncos are a former member of the statewide rankings.
- #6 Lutheran may get pushed by Faith Christian in the Metro but the Lions are expected to roll all other league members. They did just that in beating Skyview Academy 25-5, 25-6 and 25-6 this evening. Lutheran is now 7-1 and will host Eaton in a highly anticipated match on Thursday.
- #8 DSST-Montview suffered their first loss of the season to Resurrection Christian over the weekend but they returned to the win column with a 3-1 win over Kent Denver.
- Mead moved their league record to 1-1 and stayed one game back of the NCAA conference leaders by sweeping Silver Creek in three. The Mavericks, who reached the state finals last season, are just 4-6 overall but have played a strong schedule.
- Erie kept a share of the early NCAA lead by outlasting Windsor 3-2. The Tigers remain tied with Longmont and Skyline for the early lead. Windsor slides back into a tie with Mead and Holy Family.
- Longmont stayed unbeaten in the league by downing Centaurus in three.
- Skyline also remained perfect in the conference with a 3-0 win over Greeley West.
- #8 Montrose is now 8-2 as they scored a league win over Grand Junction Central (3-0). The Indians are now 2-0 in the SWL as they also earned a conference win over Grand Junction. Next up is a long road trip to Durango on Friday.
- Fruita Monument kept pace with Montrose out west with a three game sweep of their own over Grand Junction. The Wildcats also head to Durango for the weekend but their matchup is set for Saturday.
- Coming off a loss to Palisade last week, Eagle Valley returned to win column by downing Steamboat Springs in four sets. The Devils are now 2-1 in the conference and tied with Glenwood Springs for second place; one game off the pace set by Palisade (4-0). Eagle Valley also has a win over Glenwood Springs and will meet both the Demons and Bulldogs for a second time later this season.
- #2 Cheyenne Mountain rolled Pueblo County in three. It was a non-conference win but the Red Tailed Hawks are now 4-2 on the season.
- #7 Classical Academy continued their non-league schedule with a strong 3-0 win over Pueblo South. The Titans are now 8-1 with a lone loss to top ranked Palmer Ridge.
- #4 Frederick picked up another victory as they moved past Berthoud (3-1). The Warriors dropped their first match of the season to Erie but has not lost since; winning 11 in a row. Both teams were unbeaten in the Tri Valley but now Frederick keeps a share of the lead with Niwot and Riverdale Ridge. Riverdale Ridge downed Severance 3-0. Niwot was a 3-0 winner over Northridge.
- #9 Ralston Valley worked four sets before downing Boulder. The lone blemish came in set two where the Panthers scored a 25-21 win. The Mustangs then dominated the final two sets; winning both by the score of 25-15. Ralston is 7-1 and begins league play with Pomona on the 23rd.
- Legend fell from the top 10 this week but started their climb back in with a three set sweep of local rival Ponderosa.
- #7 Valor Christian handed top ranked and defending 4A state champion Palmer Ridge their first loss of 2021. The Eagles took the high intensity match in four sets; clinching the victory with a 25-19 decision in set four. Valor is 6-1 with a lone loss to #2 Cherry Creek on September 2nd. The Eagle open the Jeffco schedule at home against Chatfield on Thursday. Palmer Ridge visits Pueblo County on Thursday before opening the PPAC schedule with Doherty and Fountain Fort Carson (both 5A) next week.
- #3 Chaparral opened the rugged Continental slate by downing #10 Heritage 3-1. The Wolverines scored three easy set wins 25-13, 25-13 and 25-12 surrounding a game three loss (26-24). For Heritage, it was their second straight loss following a 5-0 start. Those two losses though are against #2 Cherry Creek (last Saturday) and tonight vs #3 Chaparral.
- Douglas County kept their perfect record intact and scored their best win of the season in sweeping Castle View. The Huskies bumped to 8-0 with the victory over a rival that has spent time in the rankings this year. The match also opened the Continental slate for both clubs.
- #4 Mountain Vista rolled #1 Grandview in picking up the 25-21, 25-15 and 25-21 win over the Wolves. The Golden Eagles pushed their record to 3-1 and at the same time handed Grandview their first loss of 2021.