RIDGWAY – The Ridgway Demons volleyball squad put up a great fight but lost to Meeker High School and Resurrection Christian in the Class 2A State Tournament at the Denver Coliseum last weekend, dashing their hopes for a state title in the double elimination tournament.
It was the first time that the Ridgway Demons had competed in a state volleyball tournament since the late 1990s.
The Demons lost Friday’s playoff match against Meeker on Friday morning, Nov. 8, by a score of 3-0. Scores in the three sets were 25-21, 25-17 and 25-23.
On Saturday morning, they faced the top-ranked Resurrection Christian Cougars from the Front Range, and again lost in three straight sets, 25-17, 25-14, and 25-21.
The undefeated Cougars went on to win the tournament in the 2A bracket; their coach acknowledged that the scrappy team from Ridgway gave them a surprising run for their money.
Although the Demons lost at state, Assistant Coach Amy Rutherford said that the experience of playing there “was wonderful. The girls played great. It was definitely overwhelming; it was the first time any of them had played on a state floor. But they held their heads up, went out and played their game, and it was fun to watch.”
Although they lost to Resurrection, Rutherford said that the match was the highlight of the Lady Demons’ experience at the Denver Coliseum. “We were playing the number one team in the state, and they really kept up. They ended on a strong note, for sure. The girls decided to just go out and have fun, and play. And they really did. They went out, they had a great time. They played, and it showed.”
The Lady Demons earned a spot in the State Tourney as the Class 2A Wild Card team after becoming District Champs in late October. They ended their season 20-6 overall, and 7-2 within their league.
“It’s a young team,” Rutherford said. “I’m looking forward to next season. They are excited to go back to State next year.”
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