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Chatfield sweeps regionals, going to state

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Lady Chargers top Castle View, Fossil Ridge in Region 12 tournament

By Will Petersen
For the Courier

Among the Chatfield players and coaches, there was seemingly never a doubt. The match itself was a bit closer then they’d tell you, but in the end there was no reason to question the 5A state tournament-bound Lady Chargers volleyball team.
Chatfield won the Region 12 tournament it hosted Nov. 3 by defeating Castle View in straight sets in the morning match and Fossil Ridge by the same count in the afternoon affair.
The Lady Chargers cruised past Castle View, 25-11, 25-20 and 25-15. Fossil Ridge then beat Castle View before facing the Lady Chargers with the state bid on the line. Chatfield won the regional title by beating Fossil Ridge 25-22, 25-20, and 27-25.
Chatfield will take the court together Nov. 9 at the 5A state tournament in Pool I alongside top-seed Doherty and eighth-seeded Highlands Ranch. Chatfield and Highlands Ranch will play in the tournament opener at 8 a.m., before the Lady Chargers face Doherty two matches later in hopes to making it to the state semifinals on Nov. 10.
The state finals are Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Denver Coliseum.
Chatfield (19-6) trailed in two of three sets in the championship match before rattling off big runs, including an 11-3 surge in the second set and a 9-0 run in the third set.
“They played like they had faith in their skills and teammates. That’s how we put those runs together. They don’t get rattled when they lose a point here or there,” Lady Chargers head coach Stephanie Schick said.
The team certainly didn’t get rattled after getting down 9-3 in the second set. In fact, it got back to within one at 11-10. Then after a marathon point, senior Megan Bohn hit a huge spike to tie it at 11 and send the gym into a frenzy. The Lady Chargers didn’t trail the rest of the set.
“It’s phenomenal. I love the feeling (of a spike). But I can’t take all that credit. It’s the passer that gets the pass, the setter that gets the set, and I just finish off the job,” Bohn said.
Bohn led the team with 18 kills, including two key ones in the final set with both teams inching closer to 25 points. As she noted though, those wouldn’t be possible without her teammates, including senior Rachel Flores, who led the team with 42 assists.
“We just trust each other. We know everyone’s going to do their job. We have no doubts about anyone on this team,” Flores said.