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Denver bound on Friday, November 10 the Fossil Ridge High School volleyball team were in high spirits as they got sent off by parents, students, and the Fossil cheer team. The girls hugged their families goodbye before they headed onto the bus to go to the Denver Coliseum. Junior varsity players Rachel Lambrecht, Rachel Lueck, Jessica Chesrown, and Peyton Dunn joined the varsity team for the tournament.

Before warm-ups senior captain Tyler Lindgren shared her thoughts on going into the day. “Kind of nervous, but pretty excited. I think that because it’s the second time around there’s more pressure. But, I think everyone on the team is really going to step up because we’re really starting to play like a team right now.” The girls and coaches were full of excitement, nervousness, or a combination of both as they took the warm-up courts before their first game.

The first game of the day was against Denver East High School, a team Fossil had previously played and beat earlier in the season. The energy was electric when both teams stepped onto the court, Denver East ready to redeem themselves and the Sabercats ready to defend their state title. Fossil took the lead in the first set and maintained it until the end of the set. The Angels overpowered Fossil at the end of the set and took the set. Fossil lost 23-25, a close set for the Sabercats.

Second set started off and Fossil fell behind. Although the Sabercats played strong, Denver East played harder and faster than Fossil. The Angels overpowered the Sabercats from the beginning of the set and kept their lead over them until the end. Another loss for Fossil, 22-25.

Fossil came out strong from the beginning of the third set and kept climbing even though Denver East held their lead. In the middle of the set Fossil finally took the lead over the Angels, however they once again fell to Denver East. An unfortunate first game for Fossil as they lost to Denver East 20-25 in the third set. This meant that in order for Fossil to advance to the semifinals tomorrow Chatfield High School would have to beat Denver East and then Fossil would have to beat Chatfield.

The girls would play again at 5:00 P.M. against Chatfield to determine whether or not Fossil would advance into the next round.

Megson going in for a spike Photo Credit: Olivia Doro

After an hour delay Fossil took the court against Chatfield at 6:00 P.M. Fossil had knocked Chatfield out of the semi-finals last year, now a year later they faced off on the court with a chance to knock Fossil out of the playoffs.

The first set started with Fossil taking and holding a lead over Chatfield, which set a great tone for the match. An amazing set for junior Riley Zuhn, whose powerful spikes helped Fossil take a win over Chatfield. The Sabercats took the set 25-17, the first win for Fossil for the day.

Chatfield gave Fossil a harder fight in the second set, not taking a lead over the Sabercats until the end of the set. The Chargers eventually overpowered and held their lead over Fossil until the end of the set. A loss for Fossil, 19-25.

Fossil took a lead from the beginning and held it, dominating the court with their strong offensive line. The Chargers tried to take a lead over the Sabercats, however Fossil was in this to win it. The Sabercats took the third set 25-16.

Although it looked like Fossil would take the game in the fourth set, Chatfield once again overpowered the Sabercats. The fourth set was a give and take as Fossil would take a lead just to lose it and regain it again. Ultimately the Chargers took the lead and kept over the Sabercats in the end. Fossil lost the set 19-25, which sent both teams into a fifth and final set.

Last year going into the final for the State Championship title Fossil also went into five sets and came out victorious, this game was no different. The Sabercats came out strong and were able to keep their lead from the beginning. Fossil took the set 15-6, sending them into the next round tomorrow.

If Chatfield beats Denver East in tomorrow’s game this would put Fossil, Chatfield and Denver East into a three-way tie. However if Denver East beats Chatfield, both Fossil and Chatfield will not be competing in the semifinals tomorrow.

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