Setting Up for State


By Aaron Braun, Reporter

As the girls volleyball regular season is coming to an end with Senior Night tonight vs. Westminster, the girls start to prepare for the post season. The Lady Raiders are 13-3 overall and have only lost one out of five league games.

“There is room for improvement,” says senior Landry Richards “and our team chemistry has grown.”

Their three losses were from Coronado High School, Cherokee Trail High School, and Brighton High School.

The game against C.T. was not an easy loss. Emotions were high for both teams. The game was dedicated to Cherokee Trail’s Celeste James, a former teammate who took her own life. The Cougars were playing with purpose, and dominated the court that night.

The Lady Raiders looked to be off to a strong first set; they fell short and lost all momentum, and eventually the game not winning any sets. With a combination of high emotions on the Raider’s sidelines, and the ambition to honor a fallen teammate, created the perfect formula for a Cherokee Trail win.   

After the loss against C.T., the lady Raiders started to warm up. Their next game was against Thomas Jefferson, who they beat three sets to one. The next five games they played were no contest. The Raiders not only beat them, they swept their opponents in three quick sets.

After winning six straight games, the lady Raiders were on fire coming into the game against the Brighton Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are 5th in Colorado class 5A rankings, according to CHSAA. The start of the game looked promising as the Raiders took the first set 25-21. However, It was all downhill from there.

Brighton responded quickly during the second set, winning 25-11. The last two sets were close, coming within a few points; Rangeview came up short due to some controversial calls from the referees and the line judges.

Senior Melanie Chavez serves against Arvada West. The Raiders Would Sweep Arvada West in 3 sets. (Aaron Braun)

“Coming up short against Brighton was tough,” said senior Kelsie Hurtado, “it just proved to us how much we have to focus up in practice and stop taking things lightly.”

Now the ladies are looking to finish the season off strong, with only four games left in the regular season. They hope to make it deep into the playoffs.”We have to always give 110 percent effort in games. If we want to make it to the coliseum and play in the state tournament we have to fix all the little things.” tells Kelsie Hurado sr. Thursday October 22nd the Raiders are looking forward to winning on their senior night game.

   They also have a big game coming up against the undefeated Prairie View Thunderhawks. In order to defeat the Thunderhawks, senior Landry Richards says, “ We need to work harder in practice and play to our full potential.”