Prep volleyball notes: Lewis-Palmer 'wakes up' in pool play

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The No. 1 Rangers (27-0) probably didn't need any added motivation in their state title quest -- but it looks like they got it anyway.

Lewis-Palmer needed four sets to beat No. 12 Windsor in its first match, but responded with a dominant win over No. 8 Berthoud to lock up a spot in the semifinals for the fifth straight year.

Michaela Putnicki had 10 kills and eight digs in the second match. Gianna Bartalo had 15 digs.

Lewis-Palmer is a heavy favorite to win a 4A title for the third time in four years. The Rangers are currently ranked fourth in the nation on the Xcellent 25 Writers' Poll.

   

CSCS wins twice to make third straight semifinal

No. 3 Colorado Springs Christian swept 10-seed Delta and fended off No. 6 Resurrection Christian in four sets to advance out of pool play Friday.

The Lions (23-4) scored three straight points to beat the Cougars 27-25 in the deciding fourth set. Bailey Scott slammed down the game-winning kill before she was swarmed by teammates.

CSCS will face No. 2 Valley Saturday.

"Today they played with consistency and they have to keep that, and keep their energy and their focus," CSCS coach Lori Currier said. "We just have to play as a team, and who knows what can happen, right?"

   

Cheyenne Mountain on brink of elimination

Cheyenne Mountain (18-9) will have to wait until tomorrow to find out if it'll have a second chance to advance to the Class 4A semifinals.

The Indians beat Silver Creek before losing to Valor Christian in Friday's pool play.

Cheyenne Mountain needs the Eagles to lose their match with Silver Creek on Saturday to force a tiebreaker.