Riding a three-game winning streak to wrap up the regular season, Holy Family (No. 7 seed) volleyball entered the 4A state tournament playing their best ball of the year. Nov. 8 in the opening round …
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Riding a three-game winning streak to wrap up the regular season, Holy Family (No. 7 seed) volleyball entered the 4A state tournament playing their best ball of the year.
Nov. 8 in the opening round of the tournament, HF continued their dominant play with a 3-0 victory over Silver Creek (17-10) in their first win of three in the tourney.
In the opening set against the Lady Raptors (No. 10 seed), HF trailed just 1-0 before taking the lead the remainder of the frame following a 10-0 run. Four points in that stretch were scored on kills by senior captain Ali Travis. Winning the set 25-19, this was just the beginning of a stellar day for the Lady Tigers.
“We have been struggling with injury and illness for three and a half weeks, so overcoming that has been huge for us,” Holy Family coach Krista Solomon said. “It has given so many girls opportunities to contribute, and we plan on being able to use that along the way. This is the best time to play your best because, in the postseason, anything can happen.”
Set numbers two and three resulted in wins for HF, 25-21 and 25-22, but in higher-stressed affairs, the will and determination of this 17-11 group were on full display.
Falling behind in games one, two and three, senior Carly Trostel led her team in the middle of the HF attack. As she proved the calming factor, the group dominated the final 20 points of each session.
“Her leadership is something that we have been benefitted and blessed with all year,” Solomon said. “She’s very smart and in-tune with all of our players which I love about her. Her court IQ is what makes her so good.”
Benefitting from her assists all day, juniors Bianca Eldridge, Rileigh Lynch, freshman Kaley Roller, and Travis did their work around the net. Travis’ clutch spike and ace at point 24 and 25 in the third set lifted her team after SC cut the lead to 23-22.
“She did a great job. It’s her fourth year being here, and she’s always been a leader for us. She really stepped up those final five points, but we are used to that around here.”
On to final four
In the second round game later in the afternoon against Discovery Canyon (No. 2 seed), HF defeated the Lady Thunder (25-4) 3-0 to stay in the winner’s bracket. Nov. 9, the Lady Tigers suffered their first defeat against Niwot (22-4), 3-1 as they moved to the losers bracket. Despite the hole, a 3-0 win over Evergreen (No. 6 seed, 24-5) put the HF group in the Final Four against No. 1 seed Lewis-Palmer (26-1) Nov. 10. LP lost just one set the entire tournament as they went on to defeat Holy Family and win the state championship over Niwot (No. 3 seed), 3-0 in the finals.
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