Cherry Creek, the top-seeded team in the 12 Class 5A state regional volleyball tournaments, rolled to wins over Westminster and Chatfield of Jefferson County to capture the Region 1 championship on …
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Cherry Creek, the top-seeded team in the 12 Class 5A state regional volleyball tournaments, rolled to wins over Westminster and Chatfield of Jefferson County to capture the Region 1 championship on Nov. 6.
The Bruins beat Westminster, 3-0, with 25-9, 25-5 and 25-10 set victories, and then whipped Chatfield, 3-0, with 25-21, 25-20 and 25-10 wins in the sets.
“I thought we played really well,” said Creek coach Steve Huntingdale. “As a whole group we played well. I’m really proud of the kids.”
Carter Booth, a 6-foot-7 senior who is the daughter of Denver Nuggets general manger Calvin Booth, was a dominant player for the Bruins as she repeatedly scored points with kills.
“Carter Booth was great,” said Huntingdale. “She’s just a phenomenal player. But all our passers and defenders did a really great job. Our hitters got some really good looks. So it was just us handling the ball, passing and defense. That relieves a lot of pressure and we could put a lot of offense on.”
Booth had 30 kills in the two matches. She had 21 kills and three blocks against Chatfield in the Bruins’ second match of the day.
Natalia Landry had 12 digs against Chatfield and five in the match with Westminster. Anna Van Wyk finished the two matches with 49 assists.
The 12 regional champions advance to the state tournament, which will be held Nov. 11-13 at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.
“We just want to be consistent at the state tournament,” said Huntingdale. “The teams are going to be real consistent so the team that can play the steadiest, best volleyball for a longest amount of time is going to be hard to beat.
“So that is going to be the focus. It’s going to be emotional, you win points and lose points. You’ve got to keep driving and think about this (the next) point.”
Other regional champions who earned spots in the state tournament were Parker-area Chaparral, which captured the Region 2 crown, and Grandview of Aurora, which beat Littleton’s Heritage en route to winning in Region 3.
Mountain Vista of Highlands Ranch beat Doherty of Colorado Springs and Eaglecrest of Centennial to take the Region 4 crown while Valor Christian of Highlands Ranch took the Region 5 title.
Defending state champion Rampart of Colorado Springs was the Region 6 winner, Broomfield came out on top in Region 7, while Ralston Valley of Arvada had a tough match against Douglas County of Castle Rock but won the Region 8 title.
Highlands Ranch downed Brighton to win the Region 9 championship, Pueblo West was the Region 10 winner, Parker-area Legend reigned in Region 11 and 25th seed Rock Canyon of Highlands Ranch won Region 12.
In Class 3A, Lutheran won the Region 3 title.
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