Palmer Ridge takes down Mead to earn first state volleyball title – The Denver Post

Palmer Ridge’s triumphant run through the state volleyball playoffs ended with a trophy in hand Thursday night as the Bears defeated Mead 3-1 to earn the Class 4A crown — the program’s first.

“It’s amazing,” outside hitter Riley Anderson said. “We knew we didn’t want another runner-up trophy, we wanted the state championship this year and I think we really showed that and came through.”

A state runner-up in 2019, the Bears were out for retribution and got it in the 25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 25-20 win.

Palmer Ridge entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed and took down the Nos. 3 and 2 seeds en route to the championship match.

“We talked to our players about losing to Lewis Palmer last season and I think that obviously left a stinging feeling for them,” said head coach Erica Bradley, who claimed a state title in her first season at Palmer Ridge. “And they just came out to win and played with a lot of heart.”

Palmer Ridge got off to a hot start in the first set and, although they gave Mead some windows of opportunity, the Bears shut the door pretty quickly.

Palmer Ridge had a clear game plan, just keep feeding the senior Anderson. The high-flying Metro State commit had eight kills in the first game in a 25-21 win.

Mead battled back in the second game. The Mavericks picked up the lead early and never looked back, winning the set 25-20. They were able to mitigate the threat of Anderson and forced Palmer Ridge into errors.

The third set was a back-and-forth battle. Palmer Ridge eventually pulled away with some crucial blocks from junior Madison Wilson and a set-point ace from freshman Emily Klahn to take the 2-1 lead.

The Bears cruised in the fourth set as the Mavericks didn’t have any answers for the pair of Anderson and Wilson around the net. They won the last set handily to clinch the 4A state title.

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