MHS volleyball heads to state tourney

MEEKER I Meeker Cowboy Volleyball dominated Mancos and Sanford to become Region 2 champions and earn a place at the state volleyball tournament.

“I’m so proud of our volleyball team,” said head coach Greg Cravens. “The girls have worked so hard all year and getting a Regional Championship is very fulfilling”.

The Cowboys opened up the tournament to number 35 ranked Mancos. Meeker took the game in three sets, 25-13, 25-17, 25-13. Mancos was able to hang on for a few points each set until the Cowboys settled in and took the match.  

“As a coach, I’m always looking for wins but the best compliment I can receive is when other people come up and say they love watching my team play because they play so well together and it looks like they are having so much fun together,” commented Cravens.  

The round robin tournament had game two as Mancos and Sanford. Sanford winning in three sets meant that Meeker’s next game against Sanford was a must win to make it to the state tournament.

The Cowboys played tough in front of a big and loud home crowd. Sanford proved to be a stronger opponent and hung with Cowboys, even forcing set three to go past 25 points. Meeker took the sets 25-23, 25-13, 27-25. 

“The fans were incredible,” said Cravens. “It was so great to have so many people in the gym going crazy for every point. It was such a great environment for the girls to play in.  Thank you to everyone that came out.  You made it so special for the girls.”

The Cowboys now prepare for the state tournament which will begin on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. as Meeker has received a first round bye. 

If the Cowboys continue with wins, first game Thursday at 6:30, second game Friday at 3:30, semifinals Saturday at 2, and then finals Saturday at 6:30. These games could be earlier if games finish fast. 

“Our work is not done,” wrapped up Cravens, “we have to be at our best this weekend to be able to make a run at the state tournament; all the teams that made it are good and we are going to have to be playing our best”. 

All games will be played at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs and streamed via the NFHS network.

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