Volleyball State Tournament
Lewis-Palmer 3, Mullen 0
At Denver Coliseum: Kessandra Krutsinger led with 12 kills, Riley Putnicki and Trinity Jackson each added seven kills, and the No. 1 Rangers opened the Class 4A state tournament with a 25-14, 25-12, 25-20 win over No. 12 Mullen.
Lewis-Palmer had a tough time in the third set but managed to pull away and complete the shutout.
Lewis-Palmer 3, Roosevelt 0
At Denver Coliseum: Kessandra Krutsinger and Riley Putnicki were once again key in the Rangers' offensive attack, finishing with eight kills each to support Adelaide Feek's nine kills.
The defending 4A champions Rangers moved on to the semifinals to face No. 4 Niwot on Saturday.
Valor Christian 3, Cheyenne Mountain 1
At Denver Coliseum: Kinley Coe led with 12 kills, Cayla Owen came up with 15 digs and Kaelin Coe had 35 assists, but the No. 11 Indians fell 25-13, 19-25, 25-22, 25-13 in their first match of pool play in the Class 4A state tournament.
“Of course we wanted a different outcome,” Indians coach David Barkley said, “but we played pretty hard and pretty well.”
Cheyenne Mountain (10-16) also lost one of its best players in sophomore outside hitter Jackie Martensen, who broke her foot in the second set.
The Indians, who earned a state tournament berth after winning the Region 11 title, will play No. 7 Pueblo West in the fifth-place match Saturday.
Niwot 3, Discovery Canyon 1
At Denver Coliseum: The No. 9 Thunder started their first-ever state playoff appearance with a bang, winning the first set of pool play against No. 4 Niwot. However, Discovery Canyon couldn’t continue that momentum and ultimately lost 23-25, 25-15, 25-17, 25-19.
“We never quite put it all together after that,” Thunder coach Melissa Bravo said about the first set.
Ashten Prechtel led with 10 kills and seven blocks for Discovery Canyon, while teammate Leah Lester contributed six kills, Taylor Wanderscheid had four aces, Kate Boushell finished with 14 digs and Hannah Pethtel had 21 assists.
The Thunder will play Palmer Ridge on Saturday.
Niwot 3, Palmer Ridge 1
At Denver Coliseum: In its first state tournament appearance, the No. 5 Bears came out with one set win but ultimately lost 20-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-13 in pool play. With the win, Niwot moved on to the semifinals.
Riley Simpson led the Bears with 17 kills, followed by 11 apiece from Mackenzie Russ and Summer Reflogal.
Palmer Ridge coach Jessen Miller said the loss will worthwhile for a team that is loaded with underclassmen.
“I’m not disappointed at them at all,” she added. “It’s a chance for them to develop and grow.”