The Lady Demons went 4-1 during the past week with a win at Gunnison and then swept their pool of four at the Buena Vista Tournament Saturday.
They lost 2-0 to Centauri, the winner of the other pool, in the championship game.
The team ventured over the Continental Divide to play Gunnison on Halloween night. It took the Buena Vista team a little while to shake the spooks, but when they got it going they rolled past the Cowgirls 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-17).
“Sage McGinnis had her best game with 15 kills and Ruthie Molitor played excellent at the net to stop their big hitters,” said coach Jamie Page.
On Saturday the team got started with a 9 a.m. win over Roaring Fork in convincing fashion, 25-13 and 25-13.
The tournament games are often played in a 2-out-of-3 format. Maddy McFee led the way with eight kills. McGinnis served 12 times with only one error and a couple of aces.
Their next game was an anticipated rematch with Tri-Peaks League opponent St. Mary’s. It took five games to settle it and St. Mary’s pulled off the win 15-13.
St. Mary’s jumped out early and it looked like they might take control of Saturday’s game and never look back.
The Buena Vista girls did not panic. They continued to play hard and finally got it going in time to turn it around and won the first match 25-21. They took the momentum into the second match to get an early lead and never gave it up. Buena Vista held off every Pirate run and won the match 25-21.
Maddison Wagner had a big game at the net pounding down several key sets for 7 kills. McGinnis and McFee were right behind with six and five kills respectively.
They followed later in the afternoon with a 2-0 win over a scrappy Middle Park team to advance to the championship.
“The girls came into the tournament focused and determined to get into the championship,” Page said. “The whole day was made up of team effort and people doing their jobs. We had some great serving by Tanner Richmond and Lexi Petri.
“There was great defense in the front row by Molitor followed by amazing passes from Mady Atha to keep us in system. Lindsey Pratt and McGinnis did a fantastic job missing up the sets for our hitters and put the ball down themselves.”
Centauri won the championship match of the two pool winners 25-21 and 25-15.
Buena Vista is the 25 RPI team in the rankings posted following the weekend of play.
Buena Vista ended their regular season play as the number 25 ranked 3A team by RPI. This seeding has them traveling to number 11 Cedaredge where they play in a three team region with the host and Bayfield.
The schedule has the Lady Demons playing Cedaredge at 9 a.m., and then Bayfield following. Cedaredge and Bayfield will then play.
The team winning two games will be the regional champion and advance on to the state tournament. If each team finishes 1-1, then they move to a tie-breaking formula.