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This week's Peak Performer: Monique Domme, Cheyenne Mountain volleyball
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Despite being down a man for the last 20 minutes of overtime in the state title loss to Battle Mountain, the Bears didn’t surrender a goal. Palmer Ridge didn’t allow a goal in the last four games of the 4A state tournament, yet it fell 4-2 in penalty kicks in the finals.
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Cheyenne Mountain’s senior class never lost in the playoffs. Ever.
The Indians have now won five straight 4A state volleyball titles after defeating rival Lewis-Palmer in the state championship game Saturday night.
One of the driving forces behind the Cheyenne Mountain train the last four years was Monique Domme. The setter led the way, getting the ball to her teammates in positions to be successful for her entire high school career.
“She has meant a lot to the program and the school,” Cheyenne Mountain coach David Barkley said. “Her work ethic is tremendous and she always went out of her way to make sure everybody on the team was involved. Everything we did flowed through her.”
Barkley has enjoyed an embarrassment of riches the last half of a decade, but perhaps none were more important than Domme. She had 47 assists in the state title match and another 55 in the state semifinals against Valor Christian.
“I’ve been so lucky; we’ve been blessed to have this much talent at Cheyenne Mountain while I was here,” said Domme, who also contributed 10 digs, seven aces, five kills and three blocks in those two matches. “My hitters make me look so good and my passers get me the ball where I can make things happen.”
As modest as she is, there is clear evidence that Domme is an elite player. She had scholarship offers from Xavier, Denver and St. Mary’s before deciding to attend Pepperdine next fall.
The Waves were ranked sixth at the end of the 2011 season and have traditionally been a volleyball powerhouse. She’ll also have the opportunity to play for the school’s beach volleyball team.
“I expect that she’ll have a great college career,” Barkley said. “She has the talent to play at that level right now, but she still has room to improve and she isn’t a finished product yet.”
Domme, who says she will study communications and business, knows what her biggest strengths are, and also what she needs to improve on.
“I just love to compete, and I think that is my best attribute,” she said. “As far as skills, I’m going to need to be able to put the ball in the exact perfect spot every time.”
While the Indians will lose five seniors — including Domme — they will surely be able to reload, like always. One of the main players who will need to step up will be someone Domme knows very well, her sister Courtney.
“You guys will be talking to her a lot the next two years because she is very good,” Domme said of her sister. “She and a lot of the younger girls were big players in this year’s title.”