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Tuesday's roundup: Cheyenne Mountain beats Coronado in state volleyball title rematch
Cheyenne Mountain 3, Coronado 0
At Coronado: Having just had its 49-match win streak ended Friday, Cheyenne Mountain faced another difficult test Tuesday at Coronado (0-1) in a rematch of last year’s 4A state championship.
The Indians met that challenge and started its win streak anew at one with a 25-16, 25-22, 28-26 victory.
“It was an entertaining match, I’m sure,” Cheyenne Mountain coach David Barkley said. “We’re working on some things. Some things we did pretty well tonight and we did some things we need to work some more.”
Lauren Iverson and Maddie Beal each had seven kills for Cheyenne Mountain (2-1), which had 11 players see playing time.
“We’re fortunate to have some depth at some positions,” Barkley said. “Consistency is the big thing we have to work on. When you play three different lineups, it’s hard to get into your rhythm.”
Cheyenne Mountain has won four consecutive Class 4A state titles.
Pine Creek 3, Air Academy 2
At Pine Creek: Mackenzie Swain had 21 kills as Pine Creek took a 25-15, 28-30, 25-15, 23-25, 15-8 marathon from Air Academy (4-1).
It was the second five-set win in as many matches for the Eagles, who also got 14 kills from Tiegen Skains and 12 from Kristina Susak.
The match was notable for its defense as Air Academy had 88 digs and Pine Creek had 79. Chelsea Payne and Sophia Storer each had 20 digs for Air Academy, while Taylor Cross had a match-high 22 for Pine Creek.
Chelsea Payne led the Kadets with 14 kills.
St. Mary’s 3, La Junta 0
At St. Mary’s: St. Mary’s had 14 aces to put away La Junta (0-2) in the Tri-Peaks East opener for both teams.
Sarah Tentschert and Nicole Niles each had four aces for the Pirates, all of whom utilize the jump-serve. Emily Whitelaw and Hannah Stockelman each added three.
St. Mary’s (2-0), which has lost two of its six seniors to injury, has had to do some shuffling. When setter Laura Broerman went down, fellow senior Niles switched positions to fill the void. When Bria Sweeney was injured, sophomores Katie Whitelaw and Isabella Menichello tag-teamed the position.
“It was a good confidence booster,” St. Mary’s coach Melissa Sweeney said of Tuesday’s win. “We’ve had a lot of kids step up.”
Tentschert had a match-high 13 kills and 19 digs. Stockelman added nine kills and 10 digs.
Manitou Springs 3, Florence 0
At Manitou Springs: A strong service game and solid net play lifted Manitou Springs (1-1) to a 25-8, 25-11, 25-11 victory over Florence in the 3A Tri-Peaks West opener for both teams.
After struggling in the service game in their season opener, the Mustangs had only eight service errors Tuesday and kept Florence off balance with accurate placement.
“They did a good job serving tonight,” Manitou Springs first-year coach Carol Benedict said. “We had good serving percentage and the kids stayed up.”
Ketie McKiel and Nicole Mack led the Manitou Springs attack with 10 and six kills, respectively. The Mustangs also had six blocks.
“We had a strong net attack,” Benedict said. “We have some very good hitters on our team.”
Manitou Springs setter Meghan McGee had 16 assists, seven digs and three kills.
Liberty 3, Sand Creek 0
At Liberty: Tori Gaherty had eight kills to lift Liberty to a 25-14, 25-18, 25-14 victory over Sand Creek.
Ellen Kyger and Laura Smith added five kills each for the Lancers, who improved to 2-0.
Caitlyn Kiger led Sand Creek with four kills and three service aces.
Mesa Ridge 3, Vista Ridge 0
At Vista Ridge: Sarabeth Haworth had 11 kills and 18 digs and Grace Neal added nine kills as Mesa Ridge opened its season with a 25-13, 25-23, 25-11 win over Vista Ridge (0-1).
Colorado Springs Christian 3, Buena Vista 0
At Buena Vista: Colorado Springs Christian improved to (1-1) with a 25-19, 25-16, 25-20 win over Buena Vista (1-3).
Peyton 3, Limon 1
At Limon: Peyton improved to 5-1 with a 18-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 victory over Limon (0-1).
Pine Creek 6, Valor Christian 0
At Pine Creek: Pine Creek (1-1) had been in this situation before.
After a tight first half, the Eagles managed a goal on a set piece late in the period to go up 1-0. It was the same scenario as in their season opener against Denver East, a match that ended in a 2-1 loss for Pine Creek.
Tuesday the Eagles scripted a different ending.
“It was nice to have the same scenario and see the guys respond like that,” Pine Creek coach Ben Corley said. “It was not the score I would have predicted after the first half. It was a back-and-forth affair and we were fortunate to be up 1-0 at half.”
Casey Baker, Nico Farley and Ryan Jeffers all scored between the 52nd and 55th minutes, blowing the match open. Alex Holten and Brad MacDonald added scores late.
“The score’s not indicative of how strong a team Valor Christian is,” Corley said. “When you get three goals against you in 3 minutes like that, it’s hard to recover from.”
Valor Christian (2-1) did apply pressure as Pine Creek goalkeeper David Meyer had to make 11 saves to record the shutout.
Nick Bannister scored Pine Creek’s first-half goal. Connor Flynn had two assists, while Jack Reynolds, Baker and Farley each had one.
Cheyenne Mountain 2, Liberty 1
At Liberty: Cheyenne Mountain got two late second-half goals in its season opener to overcome Liberty (1-1-1).
After 35 scoreless minutes, Liberty’s Kyle Spillane converted a Ryan Kenyon pass to give the Lancers the lead.
Cheyenne Mountain got the equalizer with just 8 minutes remaining Tyler Burns scored on a Danny Kurz pass. The Indians took the lead 3 minutes later as John Herd passed to Christian Nehme for the game-winner.
Erich Frey made three saves to record the win in goal for Cheyenne Mountain.
Rampart 4, Vista Ridge 1
At Vista Ridge: Brendan Reich had two goals to lead Rampart (3-0) past Vista Ridge (0-3).
Reich and teammate Tim Hahn each have four goals this season. Rampart has scored 16 times in its three matches.
Ian Ndolo and Connor Ott also scored for the Rams Tuesday. Ott added two assists and Kyle Creapo one.
Wasson 3, Lamar 0
At Wasson: Arnold Macedo scored two goals as Wasson (2-0) shut out Lamar (1-1).
Thorn Legister also scored for the Thunderbirds, who got assists from Edwin Yanez and Hunter Filonowich.
Jose Jaimes made four saves to record his second shutout in as many matches.
Canon City 1, Pueblo East 1
At Canon City: Michael Mann scored in the second half to lift Canon City (0-1-1) to a draw with Pueblo East (0-1-1).
The tie left the Tigers feeling as if they had missed an opportunity.
“We had an opportunity to win it twice on PKs and couldn’t get it done,” Canon City coach Pat Callahan said. "We had one in the second half and one in the first overtime. The odds of failing on both are pretty steep.”
Jack Roberts made eight saves in goal for the Tigers.
Ponderosa 3, Lewis-Palmer 0
At Lewis-Palmer: Grant Meehan assisted on all three goals as Ponderosa (1-1-1) blanked Lewis-Palmer (1-1).
Kade Silbaugh, Austin Toney and Colton Carr accounted for the Mustangs’ goals.
Heritage 2, Doherty 0
At Doherty: Ryan Moldenhauer made 18 saves but couldn’t prevent Doherty (2-1) from falling to Heritage (2-0).
Moldenhauer and the Spartans kept it scoreless through 53 minutes, but a goal by Jake Peterson put Heritage on the board. Another score was added in the 72nd minute.
Widefield 14, Woodland Park 12
At Woodland Park: Macy Acker had a double, a home run and five RBIs as Widefield (3-3) outlasted Woodland Park (2-3) in the 4A Metro League opener for both teams.
The Gladiators led 8-1 going into the bottom of the third and 13-3 an inning later, but Woodland Park surged back. A four-run sixth cut the gap to 13-10 and, after Widefield added a run in the top of the seventh, Woodland Park answered with two but could get no closer.
Johnnie Robinson and Jillian Ruby each added three RBIs for Widefield.
Pine Creek 16, Sand Creek 2
At Sand Creek: Michaela Wren, Miranda Martinez and Bailey Meyer each had three RBIs as Pine Creek (7-2) defeated Sand Creek (1-6).
Nine Eagles recorded hits as Pine Creek maximized its 12 hits and four walks.
Colorado Springs Christian 5, Coronado 1
At Coronado: Cody Marton of CSCS eked out a tough 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 win over Coronado’s Mike McNulty at No. 3 singles as the Lions swept singles play en route to a win.
Jeremiah Hansen took a 6-1, 6-1 decision at No. 1 singles and Jerod Adducci won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.
CSCS (1-0) also took two of the three doubles matches as Coronado dropped to 0-4.
Coronado’s lone win came at No. 4 doubles as Sean Pharris and Jonah Buchanan took a 6-0, 6-4 decision.