Overview This season's state tournament will use a double-elimination bracket format until the semifinals and then single-elimination through the finals. This is a change from the old format, which …
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This season's state tournament will use a double-elimination bracket format until the semifinals and then single-elimination through the finals. This is a change from the old format, which often involved burdensome tiebreakers in pool play.
Castle View edged Cherry Creek in five sets to win the 2017 Class 5A state championship and both teams were sparked by senior leadership that will have to be replaced. There were nine seniors among the 13 varsity players on the Castle View roster and nine of Creek's 14 varsity players were seniors.
5A semifinalists Chaparral and Fossil Ridge, along with 4A state runner-up Valor Christian and 3A runner-up Lutheran return experienced rosters.
Chaparral returns nine players off last season's team and Fossil Ridge had just four seniors on last year's team. Valor Christian had only three seniors on its 14-player player roster from 2017 while Lutheran has nine members of last season's team with remaining eligibility.
Top returning players
Some of the top returning players from south metro-area teams:
Leanne Lowry, Castle View; Kira Thompson, Chaparral; Juliana Dalton, Chaparral; Kyla Gerson, Chaparral; Cassie Davis, Highlands Ranch; Jill Borgerding, Highlands Ranch; Laryssa Myers, Rock Canyon; Ashley Larson, Valor Christian; Courtney Lane, Valor Christian; Payton Brgoch, Lutheran; Ai Leitner, Rock Canyon; Cassie Pyles, Mountain Vista; Jaeda Davis Colliher, Heritage; Kennedey Johnson, Lutheran; Alyssa Naples, Douglas County
• The regular season for 2A, 3A, 4A and 5A teams must be completed by Oct. 28.
• The state tournaments are scheduled for Nov. 8-10 at the Denver Coliseum.
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