NVER—It’s not something teams can take for granted but a trip to the Colorado State Volleyball Championship Tournament is something special. For the second straight year, the San Luis Valley will be represented by one team as the Sangre de Cristo Thunderbirds, under the direction of Misty Lambert will be hoping to improve upon last year’s showing.
There are some huge differences between last year and this year though.
Last year, the Thunderbirds did not have a good draw as they were defeated in the regional championship game by the Rye Thunderbirds and they made it to the tournament as a wild card team. The team was the No. 11 seed and they drew some stiff competition in the No. 2 seeded Swink Lions and then the No. 7 Eagles. The squad that finished with a 21-5 record took Swink to five sets before falling in three sets to the Eagles.
“I am very excited about our seed, we waited and waited for CHSAA to post the pools and when they did, I was pleased,” said Lambert. “Last year, we were seated lower but had a very strong start by taking the No. 2 team, Swink to five games. It was a very good learning experience for all of us.”
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