Windsor goes 2-2 at Cheyenne Mountain tournament: In Colorado Springs, Windsor volleyball coach LaVerne Huston wanted some competition for her Wizards and she got it at the tough-as-nails Cheyenne Mountain tournament on Saturday in Colorado Springs.
The Wizards split four matches, winning both matches against fellow Class 4A oppenents Evergreen and Durango but losing against the top ranked 5A squad, Doherty as well as a 7th-ranked 5A Lakewood team.
“Doherty is just in a league of their own,” Huston said. “Our goal was to be competitive and compete.”
Windsor (19-3) certainly did that, pushing Doherty in each set in a match that finished 25-19, 25-20, 25-22. In the end, Huston said. It’s just tough to defend a 6-4 girl.
Huston said she was proud of her team and didn’t sense any intimidation before the match.
“They did a nice job battling, especially defensively and our back line,” Huston said. “(Hannah) Von Allman, (Taylor) Pribble and (Becca) Mikkelson were looking forward to digging good hitters and they were very succesful at that.”
The Wizards got a straight-set win against Evergreen to start the tournament. That was followed by the Doherty game and then another tough 5A match against Lakewood in which Huston said the Wizards suffered a let down. Finally, the Wizards finished with a tough, four-set win over 4A Durango that went 28-26, 25-16, 15-25, 25-14.
Winning against the 4A teams was all that mattered to Windsor, which Huston said doesn’t want to see the seeding committee drop them from a 4 seed when they meet today.
“We couldn’t ask for better competition going into postseason,” Huston said. “The win-loss can’t be as important as doing all the little things right... We’re not concerned about the two losses. They were better than us. We probably have more confidence after playing (the 5A teams) so tough.”
WHS 25 25 25
EHS 23 13 14
WHS — Kills: Lexi Spykstra 16, Angie Pancost 6, Miranda Geist 6; Assists: Rikki Huston 32; Aces: Pancost 3, Geist 2, Kylee Glahn 2; Blocks: Lauren McGee, Pancost; Digs: Taylor Pribble 9, Hannah Von Allman 6, Pancost 6.
WHS 19 20 22
DHS 25 25 25
WHS — Kills: Geist 8, Pancost 5, Spykstra 5; Assists: Huston 23; Aces: Geist 4, Huston 2, Glahn 2; Blocks: Huston; Digs: Pribble 9, Von Allman 8, Pancost 6, Becca Mikkelson 6.
WHS 19 15 21
LHS 25 25 25
WHS — Kills: Geist 10, Pancost 5, Von Allman 4, Huston 4; Assists: Huston 18, Pancost 2, Von Allman 2, Mikkelson; Aces: Geist, Pancost Huston, Glahn; Digs: Pribble 14, Von Allman 10, Huston 6.
WHS 28 25 15 25
DHS 26 16 25 14
WHS — Kills: Pancost 11, Spykstra 11, Huston 10, Geist 5; Assists: Huston 25, Von Allman, Pancost, Geist, McGee; Aces: Geist 2; Blocks: Pancost 2, Spykstra 3, Geist 2, Von Allman 3; Digs: Pribble 29, Von Allman 16, Mikkelson 10, Huston 12.
Weinmeister third: In Colorado Springs, Windsor’s Justin Weinmeister finished third in the Class 4A Boys Cross Country State Championship in 16 minutes, 43 seconds.
Weinmeister’s finish helped the Wizards to a 21st-place finish in the team standings.
Senior Alexander Maxwell was Windsor’s next finisher (47th, 18:07), followed by Andrew Humphries (138, 19:09) and Sam Westra (149, 19:18).
Weinmeister, a senior, was 13 seconds behind state champion Eli Hemming of Ponderosa, and just three seconds behind runner-up Bailey Roth of Coronado.
Cornoado won the team title with 65 points, well ahead of runner-up Cheyenne Mountain (106) and Thompson Valley (159).