The Windsor girls volleyball team had a banner week, despite playing in only one match.
On Tuesday, the Wizards (11-2) swept Longmont to extend their win streak to nine matches.
However, perhaps the biggest news pertaining to the team came off the court.
A couple of Windsor’s top athletes committed earlier this week to play women’s college volleyball.
Junior opposite hitter/middle blocker/setter Julia Bohlinger committed to play for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, while senior outside/right sitter Avery Lacy committed to play for Chadron (Neb.) State College.
Bohlinger will have to wait until her senior season to officially sign a national letter of intent, while Lacy will be eligible to do so as soon as Nov. 9.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – NOVEMBER 12:Windsor’s Julia Bohlinger (6) leaps to attack during the Windsor Wizards volleyball match against the Mead Mavericks during the 2021 CHSAA Class 4A State Volleyball Tournament at The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs Nov. 12, 2021. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)
Lacy, who is 5-foot-9, leads the Wizards in digs (122), is tied for second on the team in aces (18) and is fourth in kills (80).
Bohlinger, 5-foot-11, is second on the team in blocks (35), second in assists (173), third in kills (93), tied for second in aces (18) and third in digs (100).
Believe it or not, the first state tournament competition of the fall season is just more than a week away.
Boys golf tournaments take place Oct. 3-4
On Wednesday at Riverdale Knolls Golf Course in Brighton, Windsor became the first regional champion in program history. In doing so, the Wizards qualified their entire team for the 4A championships at Windsor’s home course, Pelican Lakes.
Roosevelt senior Dylan Bigler also qualified for the 4A state tournament.
A day earlier, Resurrection Christian won his regional and qualified his team for the 3A state tournament at Pinehurst Country Club in Denver.
In addition to the Cougars bringing their whole squad, three other local 3A teams qualified two golfers apiece: Frontier Academy (junior Daniel Wyperd and freshman Christian Arguello), Eaton (junior Peyton Walker and senior Cache Sanger) and Severance (senior Brycen Farris and junior Ryan Ewoniuk).
No ‘I’ in team
Speaking of state tournaments, on Friday, the Colorado High School Activities Association released the 16-team brackets for the 4A and 5A boys tennis team state tournaments, which kick off next week.
University is the 16th seed and will face top-seeded Kent Denver on the road in the first round at 3:30 pm Wednesday.
This is the first year CHSAA has hosted a team state tournament to complement its individuals state tournament Oct. 13-15
The team state tournament will take place over the course of a few weeks, wrapping up on Oct. 18 at Denver City Park.
Greeley Central’s Kim Garman (1) sets during the Greeley West Spartans crosstown rivalry volleyball match against the Greeley Central Wildcats at Greeley Central High School in Greeley Sept. 20, 2022. The Greeley West Spartans defeated the Greeley Central Wildcats 3-2. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)
One of the most drama-filled competitions of the week took place in Greeley Central’s home gymnasium Tuesday, as Greeley West’s girls volleyball team narrowly got past the Wildcats, 25-16, 19-25, 22-25, 31-29, 15- 8th.
The Spartans (5-5) and Greeley Central (8-3) have enjoyed a bit of a resurgence this season, and the rivalry matchup Tuesday certainly didn’t disappoint.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Fenton (13 kills) and junior Davanee McKinney (9 kills, 4 aces, 2 blocks) keyed the win for Greeley West.
Bobby Fernandez covers high school sports for the Greeley Tribune. Reach him at (970) 392-4478, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @BobbyDFernandez.