DENVER — Coming up just short was enough to fuel the Valor Christian volleyball team the next time around.
A year ago, the Eagles finished one match short of a state championship when they fell to Lewis-Palmer in the Class 4A state championship game.
But they returned to the Denver Coliseum on Saturday night, having moved up to 5A, and avenged that defeat by knocking off No. 1 Chaparral in the state title match to capture the program's first championship.
"This year, finally winning, it feels so good," senior outside hitter Courtney Lane said. "I'm obviously crying, but I'm not even sad. I'm just so happy. Especially coming up to 5A -- this is insane."
The final task in finishing their 2018 championship campaign entailed having to upset the 5A-favorite Chaparral Wolverines.
Valor, the No. 3 seed, completed the task in four sets, winning 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 27-25.
"We had never seen 'Chap' all season, and knew we probably would probably meet in the state championship game," Lane said. "We knew we could win, but to finally actually have it happen. This is just unreal."
Overall, the Eagles went 27-2 on their run to the state championship. Their only two losses were both to Lewis Palmer, which won a third-straight 4A title on Saturday, during the regular season.
Chaparral finishes runner-up with a 26-3 season mark.