It was a historic finish at the 2017 State Volleyball Championships, with Castle View, Lewis-Palmer, Eaton, Lyons and Kit Carson coming away with state titles on Saturday night at the Denver Coliseum.
In 5A, Castle View added their names to the history books by claiming their first ever state title.**
Following a first-round loss to Rock Canyon on Friday, the Sabercats title run was 100% hard-fought. Castle View worked their way into the semifinals via tiebreaker before claiming a victory over Fossil Ridge in a five-set showdown, setting up the title fight against Cherry Creek. After jumping out to a commanding two-set lead, the Bruins came back to win the third and fourth before falling 15-13 in the fifth.
In 4A, it was a classic No. 1 vs. No. 2. with top-ranked and reigning champs Lewis-Palmer taking on second-ranked Valor Christian.
The Rangers dominated from the start, taking victories in sets one and two. The Eagles would not go away quietly, turning the third set into a back-and-forth battle. The two programs would exchange blow for blow before Lewis-Clark sealed the deal with a 35-33 win in the third.
It is the second straight undefeated season for the Rangers and their fourth volleyball title in the past five seasons and their seventh state title in school history.
In 3A, it was another top-two showdown, pitting No. 1 Eaton against No. 2 Lutheran. The Reds cruised to their fifth straight state title, never dropping a set in the entire 2017 tournament.
The Reds only loss this season came to 4A champs Lewis-Palmer.
In 2A, sixth-ranked Lyons pulled off the 3-1 upset over top-dog Yuma. It's the fourth title for the Lions and their first since 1986.
In 1A, Kit Carson locked in their second state title and first since 2006 with a perfect sweep of Fleming. The victory gave the top-ranked Wildcats an undefeated season while also avenging their 2016 state championship loss to Fleming.
PHOTOS: 2017 Volleyball State Championships
**Editors Note: An earlier edition had incorrectly stated that Castle View had won their first state title in any sport. Castle View's co-ed Spirit squad has won state titles in 2014, 2015, and 2016. We apologize for the mistake.