Cyclones blow into state
Pueblo West enters 12-team bracket Friday
After an emotional victory Saturday against Niwot High School and another win against Berthoud in the regional round of the state volleyball tournament, Pueblo West is gearing up for more stiff competition in the next round.
The Cyclones enter the state tournament this weekend at the Denver Coliseum with two games Friday against Longmont and Ponderosa.
Pueblo West has to win its pool matches to play in a crossover round against other pool winners.
Semifinals will start immediately following Saturday’s pool play.
Those winners will compete in the state championship at 7 p.m.
Twelve teams are still alive.
Pool action begins at 8 a.m. Friday and continues Saturday. Game times are not set because they will be played one after another.
“We are just doing the things that got us where we are at,” Pueblo West head coach Casey King said. “We are working on making sure that we stay fundamentally sound and that we prepare for a higher level of play.
“Once you get to the state level, it’s pretty high quality volleyball.”
The Cyclones beat Niwot in five sets 25-19, 25-22, 25-27, 23-25, 17-15 and went on to drop Berthoud 25-20, 25-19, 25-15.
“It was a pretty tough tournament,” King said of the regionals. “There was good competition. It really just took a laser-sharp focus.
“There were a lot of interesting things that happened in the game that really went against us, and the girls just had to fight through that.”
Pueblo West, which has won the South-Central League 12 times, lost to Durango in regional action last season.
“I am really proud of the season we have had and I am hopeful that we can keep playing well,” King said.
In Class 3A, Lamar is the lone Southern Colorado team in the 12-team field. The Savages, seeded 12th, are in Pool 1 and will play top-seeded Eaton and No. 8 Bayfield on Friday at the Denver Coliseum. Semifinals will be held immediately following pool play Saturday, with the finals set for 7 p.m..