The Durango High School volleyball team served its way into the championship match at the season-opening Silver Creek Tournament on Saturday in Longmont.
The Demons won three pool play matches to advance to the tournament championship against four-time defending state champion Cheyenne Mountain.
DHS opened with a 25-20, 25-19 win over Mullen, then stopped D’Evelyn 25-9, 25-19 and Roosevelt 25-22, 25-18 to advance to the championship.
Cheyenne Mountain, ranked 23rd in the nation to open the new season, topped Durango 3-0 in a best-of-5 championship match.
“We were very happy with how we played in our first four (matches),” DHS assistant coach and former player Colleen Keresey said. “That’s a big goal for us to play with the ... big schools (like Cheyenne Mountain).”
“Our defense was amazing,” said Keresey, who cited the play of Kennedy Clark, Mikayla Montoya and Gaby Razma. “They all serve-received very well.”
Setter Natalie Bulen “spread the offense very well,” said the former setter who went on to play volleyball at Colorado College.
Bella Bernazzani “did a good job blocking for us. McKenna (Franzen) played a solid, all-around game,” Keresey said.
She said the Demons were able to play a fast offense with solid defense in the opening tournament of the season.
She said the Demons will benefit from playing a top-shelf team such as Cheyenne Mountain, which Durango played in the CHSAA State Championships last year and the year before.
“It was a good trip ... worth the trip,” Keresey said.
The Demons will hit the road again next Saturday for the annual Cherry Creek Tournament.