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Thunderbirds exact revenge for crown

Posted: Friday, Nov 1st, 2013

Photo by Eric R. Flores The Sangre de Cristo Thunderbirds let out a shout of excitement on Friday afternoon as they were crowned the Class 2A Region E Champions after defeating Del Norte in three and Rye in four. The Thunderbirds now wait to see where they are seeded for the State Volleyball Championships.

Courier Sports Editor

MOSCA—The Class 2A Region E Tournament showcased volleyball athleticism, talent and excitement on Friday here at Sangre de Cristo High School as the home Thunderbirds were able to get revenge over the Rye Thunderbolts to secure the Regional Title and a trip to the Class 2A State Volleyball Championships next week at the Denver Coliseum.

The Thunderbirds, who lost to the Thunderbolts in last season’s regional championship match, did qualify last year as a wild card team. This time Sangre de Cristo hopes to be top seed in the bracket and have a chance to outdo their 0-2 showing at last year’s championship tournament.

“They came out ready to play this week,” said Sangre de Cristo Head Coach Misty Lambert after the game. “The level of intensity was good all week long, they were playing together, they were communicating at the right time and they had a little gut and desire to take it to Rye since we lost last time.”

To qualify for the state tournament a team has to be a regional champion or be one of the top four ranked teams in the MaxPreps rankings. A full bracket is expected to be released by the Colorado High School Activities Association on Sunday or Monday.

“We didn’t want to get in through the wild card, we wanted to earn our way in,” Lambert explained of the goals of the day. “Even though a wild card means you earn your way through the season, winning the tournament is that much sweeter. I’m really proud of my kids.”

For the complete article see the 11-02-2013 issue.

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