Colorado Preps provides a nightly rundown of results across all classes of volleyball and goes through how the final scores impact league races and playoff positioning.
- #6 Cheraw moved very close to clinching the Hi Plains championship as they outlasted McClave in four sets. The Wolverines also toppled Kit Carson last week so they have wins over their top two challengers. Matches with Granada and Cheyenne Wells remain but the Wolverines will be favored in both. League champions earn automatic bids to regional tournaments regardless of their standings in RPI.
- #9 Dove Creek now stands alone atop the San Juan chase as Ignacio downed Dolores 3-1. The Bears opened the night tied with Dove Creek as league unbeatens so the loss drops them down a spot. Dove Creek was also in action as they rolled Mancos in three.
- #4 Wiley continues to play good volleyball as they downed Cheyenne Wells in three. The Panthers today also picked up a very attractive match with #3 Briggsdale. The two state championship contenders will collide on September 30th – on a neutral court at Genoa Hugo HS.
- Top ranked Merino rolled #6 Limon (2A) in three sets on Tuesday.
- Ignacio responded to a loss against Dove Creek on Saturday by beating Dolores 3-1. The win leaves both clubs with one league loss and one back of the first place Bulldogs. Ignacio and Dolores meet again later in the season.
- In a state championship rematch, #2 Sedgwick County moved past #3 Wiggins on the road in four games. It was the second straight high-level conference win for the Cougars who also toppled #1 Merino in five sets over the weekend. SedgCo improved their league mark to 3-0 and they remain tied with #5 Haxtun (1A) atop the standings. Wiggins shared the league crown with Merino and Sedgwick County last year but tonight’s loss was their second in conference play as they fell to Haxtun last week. The Bulldogs kept pace in first by sweeping Wray.
- Highland is off to a 4-0 start inside the Mile High conference as they beat Dawson 3-0 on Tuesday. The win keeps the Huskies tied with #7 Denver Christian and Gilpin County (both 3-0) in first place. #8 Dayspring Christian is a game back following an early conference loss to Denver Christian.
- Top ranked Resurrection Christian won a great match with #3 University; picking up the three set win. It was far from easy as the last two games closed at 26-24 and 25-23. Both teams were unbeaten in Patriot league play going in so the Cougars keep a share of the lead while the Bulldogs fall a game back. Overall, Resurrection Christian is unbeaten (8-0) while University suffered only their second loss.
- #6 Eaton kept pace with Resurrection Christian; moving to 2-0 with a hard fought win over Platte Valley. The Reds trailed 2-1 but won both the fourth and fifth sets to stun the Broncos who now have two league losses.
- #4 Liberty Common also remains unbeaten in the Patriot (2-0) as they downed Valley 3-1. #9 Sterling stayed a game back with their 3-0 sweep of Brush. The Tigers host Eaton on Thursday.
- #9 DSST-Montview (1-0) started the night sharing the Frontier lead with Lake County (2-0) and Academy (3-0) but the Knights 3-0 sweep of Academy leaves just two teams in the top spot. Montview improved their overall record to 10-1 while the Wildcats fell to 5-2.
- Not every Metro team has a league contest so it’s very early in those standings but Faith Christian opened with a strong win over Prospect Ridge 3-1. They are considered two of the top challengers to #6 Lutheran for the league championship. With the win, Faith steps forward as the main threat. Lutheran moved to 3-0 in conference play with a 3-0 win over Kent Denver on Monday.
- St Mary’s scored an impressive win over James Irwin (3-1) inside the Tri Peaks. The Pirates could not afford another league loss after falling to #2 Lamar last week. It was also the first overall loss for James Irwin.
- With Longmont picking up a 3-0 win over in-city rival Skyline, there are just two teams atop the NCAA standings. Longmont (3-0) and Skyline (2-0) were tied with Erie (3-0) in first place. Erie moved to 4-0 inside the conference with a 3-1 win over Holy Family. Erie and Longmont get together on Thursday to break the tie at the top.
- Windsor stayed a game back in the NCAA race as they moved past Mead in three. Both teams had one league loss going in so the Mavericks are now two back of Longmont and Erie going into the next round of league games on Thursday.
- #8 Montrose was not caught looking ahead to Thursday’s showdown with Fruita Monument. The Indians took care of Grand Junction in three sets and can now prep for the first of two huge meetings with Fruita. The teams are a combined 7-0 in Southwest league matches so Thursday’s outcome will determine the midway leader. Each team faces each other twice in the conference schedule.
- #2 Frederick and #9 Niwot opened the night sharing the lead in the Longs Peak conference (both 4-0). The Cougars moved to 5-0 by beating Severance in three; Frederick took care of business as well in beating Riverdale Ridge 3-0.
- In non-league action, Classical Academy outlasted Woodland Park 3-2. The match could be a battle of eventual division winners from the CS Metro North and South.
- The Pikes Peak is routinely among the best in any class and league play opened this evening. #9 Rampart started off in strong fashion with a 3-0 win over Air Academy. The Rams are now 7-2 on the season and will go to #3 Cheyenne Mountain (4A) on Thursday in another very important league showdown. The Indians opened their league run by downing Fountain Fort Carson in three. Other winners in the opening round of conference play include 4A #1 Palmer Ridge (beat Doherty 3-0) and Discovery Canyon (blanked Lewis Palmer 3-0). Liberty also took out Vista Ridge in three.
- Early games inside the Continental continue tonight with legend picking up a three game sweep of Regis. It’s the first league loss for Regis who opened the night sharing first place with Highlands Ranch, Chaparral and Mountain Vista. Chaparral remained perfect with a 3-0 win over Rock Canyon.
- Based on statewide rankings, 6th ranked Broomfield is the likely favorite for the Front Range title this year. The run to the championship began tonight with a solid 3-1 win over Fort Collins.
- Top ranked Cherry Creek picked up their second impressive win of the week. After moving past Castle View on Monday in three sets, the Bruins also swept Thomas Jefferson on Tuesday. Next up is the start of Centennial league play on Thursday against Arapahoe.