If you attended the 2016 state volleyball championship matches, we hope you packed a broom. Three of the five classifications ended in sweeps, with new and familiar faces taking home state titles.
First, though, let's start with some drama. The 5A state title between Fossil Ridge and Mountain Vista went to a fifth and final set in a very back-and-fourth affair. The top-seeded Sabercats jumped out to the early lead, but the Golden Eagles fought back, taking the next two sets and putting Fossil on its heels. In the end, top seeded Sabercats rallied and defeated their opponents 25-21, 19-25, 22-25, 25-19 and 15-10. The win also marked Fossil Ridge's first state championship in volleyball.
In the 4A classification, last year's runner up Lewis-Palmer swept Holy Family 25-10, 25-20 and 25-21 to take home its sixth volleyball title. The Rangers won back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014.
In a repeat of a match from earlier this season, Eaton defeated Valley three sets to none to complete the four-peat in the 3A classification. The Reds took down their opponent 25-14, 25-19, and 25-18 for the victory. Interestingly enough, Eaton has swept Valley 3-0 in the last two 3A state title matches (2015 and 2014). The program has now won eight volleyball championships which is good enough for fifth most in the state (Platte Valley leads with 14 titles).
No. 1 seed Dayspring Christian out of Greeley defeated Yuma 25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-15 to clinch the 2A state volleyball title. The victory marked the Eagles first ever volleyball title, and allowed them to cap off a remarkable season undefeated at 29-0. Yuma was the defending state champ, after defeating Resurrection Christian 3-2 in the 2015 title match.
Finally, Fleming took home its sixth state volleyball championship with a sweep over Kit Carson. It was the program's first state championship since going back-to-back in 2013 and 2014, and the Wildcats finished the season 29-2 (10-0 in league).
Watch the video to see extended highlights from the 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A and 5A state volleyball championship matches, and tune in to the Sunday morning Prep Rally for more action.