Coach: Erin Stone, 8th season
Last year: 15-10 (4-2 5A CSML)
Returning athletes: Ashlyn Graves, jr., RS; Morgan Hammarmeister jr., O; Abby Hutcheon, jr., M; Zoe Olson, sr., L
Others: Joei Barela, so., S, Aine Doty, so., DS/L
Outlook: “We are starting pretty fresh with a pretty young team and depth,” Stone said.
Notes: The Spartans lost seven players to graduation. Olson returns to lead Doherty as the lone senior.
Fountain-Fort Carson Trojans
Coach: Amy Christian, 1st season
Last year: 4-19 (1-5 5A CSML)
Returning athletes: Tauja Durham, sr., OH; Kaelyn Kramer, sr., S; Mia Prowell, jr., OH
Others: Arlee Aragon, so., DS/L; Des Castro, jr., DS/L; Nikkia Jones, so., MH; Aiyona Mitchell, fr., MH
Outlook: “What excites me the most about this team is their level of talent, they don’t even realize their potential,” Christian said. “I am also very excited about our versatility, I have a number of players that can play multiple positions for us.”
Notes: The Trojans lost six players to graduation but return Durham, who led the team in kills and blocks as a junior.
Coach: Amy Adams, 2nd season
Last year: 15-10 (4-2 5A CSML)
Returning athletes: Sasha Elsner, jr., OH; Katelyn McMoore, sr., OH; Samantha Peachey, sr., S/RH; Allie Rice, so., Setter; Janelle Slocum, sr., DS/Lib; Avery Smith, sr., PH
Outlook: “We have returning and new players that are both powerful and dynamic,” Adams said. “The team chemistry is good and they are already syncing well on the court. These girls want the banner hanging in their gym at the end of season. I’m looking forward to watching them battle for it.”
Notes: The Lancers lost eight players to graduation, but return the team’s top hitter, McMoore.
Coach: Adrianne Dettler, 10th season
Last year: 9-14 (0-6 5A CSML)
Returning athletes: Jabrei Cantres, jr., MB; Eva Farrell, sr., MB; Rebecca Fisher, sr., RS/ MB; Sara Schloesser, sr., S; Eden Stewart, sr., OH
Others: Maggie Wilder, sr., L
Outlook: “We are a group of like-minded individuals competing together for a common goal — compete and win,” Dettler said.
Notes: Schloesser is the CSML’s top returning threat behind the service line. She had 53 aces as a junior. Farrell also returns after leading the Terrors with 117 kills last year.
Pine Creek Eagles
Coach: Molly Stowers, 4th season
Last year: 11-14 (4-2 5A CSML)
Returning starters: Alyssa Adkins, sr., S; Mia Aigner, sr., OH; Mack Coker, sr., Opp; Emma Genrich, sr., MB; Faith Horton, sr., L; Gabby Wilson, sr., OH
Others: Amelia Nott, fr., MB; Abby Sweeney, jr., S; Teagan White, jr., Opp
Outlook: “We have six returning seniors and we are excited to get to work,” Stowers said.
Notes: The Eagles return two hitters (Wilson and Aigner) with more than 100 kills each.
Coach: Nikki Bloemen, 6th season
Last year: 17-8 (5-1 5A CSML)
Returning athletes: Riley Simpson, jr., OH; Mariah Sutton, sr., OH; Payten Wade, sr., DS; Grace Wilkinson, sr., L
Others: Brielle Edwards, so., MB; Ashlyn Phair, so., S; Hadleigh Richardson, sr., OPP; Anjelina Starck, jr., OH/S
Outlook: “We’ll have a lot of new faces after losing 10 seniors last year,” Bloemen said. “With an experienced back row and a tall, talented offense, we’re hoping to create a dynamic new look for Rampart Volleyball.”
Notes: Simpson led the Rams with 182 kills last season.
Canon City Tigers
Coach: Ken Cline, 11th season
Last year: 17-8 (6-2 4A CSML)
Returning athletes: Cailynn Andreis, jr., OH; Grace Baxter, sr., MH; Caitlen Marrs, sr., DS; Mady Martinez, sr., S; Abbi Rupp, sr., L
Outlook: “We have a great group of athletes that work hard and do everything they can to better themselves and each other,” Cline said.
Notes: Canon City lost seven seniors to graduation, including the team’s top offensive weapon, but the Tigers return Grace Baxter to the court, who had 131 kills as a junior.
Mesa Ridge Grizzlies
Coach: Grace Hovasse, 4th season
Last year: 8-15 (5-3 4A CSML)
Returning athletes: Maddie Andert, sr., Outside/DS; Monet Hubbard, sr., Setter; Sarah Machin, sr., Setter; Kiara Nelson, jr., Middle/RS; Lauryn Vigeland, sr., Outside; Anissa Wong, jr., Middle
Others: Jillian Hudson, sr., Outside/RS
Outlook: “We have very strong players and competitors,” Hovasse said. “We are excited about the team’s depth.”
Notes: The Grizzlies will look to replace their top two hitters Kylie Lenberg and Angelina Jackson.
Coach: Hayley Ferguson, 6th season
Last year: 6-17 (0-8 4A CSML)
Returning athletes: Hailey Duzenack, jr., OH; Angel Johnson, sr., Util; Raquel Ramirez, sr., RH; Lillie Webb, so., S; Raina Wilkerson, jr., S
Outlook: “I am excited to build off of what we started last year,” Ferguson said. “My goal is to get my girls to compete in our league.”
Notes: The Marauders will look to replace Faith Dellamaestra (graduation), who led the team with 68 kills.
The Classical Academy Titans
Coach: Kiyo Greene, 6th season
Last year: 15-10 (8-0 4A CSML)
Returning athletes: Chelsey Carter, sr., OH; Bethany Harris, jr.,S/RS; Graysen Kraft, sr., MH; Camille Prentiss, sr., DS; Hope Storm, jr., S/RS
Outlook: “We have a young team which is great for future development and experience,” Greene said. “The girls we have are smart and hard working which will lead to a great year for us.”
Notes: The Titans have claimed at least a share of the league crown five of the last six seasons.
Coach: Allison Olney, 1st season
Last year: 8-14 (4-4 4A CSML)
Returning athletes: Mallory Hutchison, sr., OH; Sami Price, jr., OH; Jada Ricketts, sr., MH; Taya Stemler, jr., S; Aaliyah Stewart, sr., MH
Outlook: “I am excited to see what this team can do this year,” Olney said. “We have some great all-round players and I know the players will work hard to surprise teams this year.”
Notes: Hutchison finished her junior season with 200 kills to lead the Gladiators, and was second on the team with 40 aces. Widefield also returns its top two blockers, Stewart and Ricketts.
Air Academy Kadets
Coach: Kristen Sciacca, 3rd season
Last year: 14-11 (4-3 4A/5A PPAC)
Returning athletes: Sydney Barnes, sr.; Ellie Hess, jr. Lyla Hollis, sr.; Riley Kerce, so.; Natalia Lambos, jr.; Hayley Payne, sr.
Outlook: “What excites me the most about this upcoming season is that we have experience on our side,” Sciacca said. “We did not lose any seniors or players last year, so we are returning with the same team who works so hard together and for each other.”
Notes: The Kadets will have a large core of veteran seniors to lead the 2019 squad.
Cheyenne Mountain Indians
Coach: Gail Sanchez, 5th season
Last year: 13-15 (3-4 4A/5A PPAC)
Outlook: Sanchez said she is excited for the level of play and competition her team will see.
Notes: Sanchez said two sophomore players will “be studs in the front row this season.”
Discovery Canyon Thunder
Coach: Melissa Bravo, 8th season
Last year: 25-4 (6-1 4A/5A PPAC) Earned a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the 4A state tournament.
Returning athletes: Taylor Wanderschied, sr., OH/RS; Tatum Umiamaka, sr., MB; Leah Lester, sr., OH/RS; Katie Sproul, sr., S; Sophie Boushell, jr., Lib/DS; Kate Boushell, jr., Lib/DS; Paityn Kramer, jr., OH/RS; Aaliyanna Codrington, jr., MB
Outlook: “We graduated three starters from our state qualifying team last season,” Bravo said. “This year’s team has high expectations for season with a core group of eight upperclassmen returning this fall.”
Notes: Lester returns as the team’s top offensive threat with 202 kills as a junior.
Coach: Steven Lacy, 1st season
Last year: 12-11 (2-5 4A/5A PPAC)
Returning athletes: Ashton Brewer, jr., S; Sierra Burns, jr., L; Sierra Werner, jr., L
Others: Anna Williams, jr., RS
Outlook: “We are a rebuilding team with a new coach and new aspirations,” Lacy said.
Notes: The Falcons graduated six seniors, including the team’s top three offensive players.
Coach: Wade Baxter, 3rd season
Last year: 28-1 (7-0 4A/5A PPAC) Won its third straight 4A state championship.
Returning athletes: Gianna Bartalo, sr., Libero; Peyton Burnett, sr., MB; Danielle Norman, sr., OH; Michaela Recker, sr., OH; Alexis Williams, sr., DS
Others: Kaitlynn Bird, so., OH/MB; Ally DeLange, sr., S
Outlook: “This season is a chance to reload from a stretch of three-straight 4A state championships,” Baxter said. “With the entire offense graduating (setter and all 5 hitters), opponents are undoubtedly going to believe this is the year to take down L-P. We will have to fight much harder to maintain our spot in the league and the state.”
Notes: The Rangers won their third consecutive state title last year, but lost seven Division I athletes to graduation.
Palmer Ridge Bears
Coach: Trevor Sullivan, 2nd season
Last year: 18-9 (5-2 4A/5A PPAC) Earned a No. 8 seed in the 4A state tournament.
Returning athletes: Riley Anderson, jr., OH; Elaina Della Rossa, jr., DS/L; Abby Kugler, sr., MB; Cassie Lorenz, so., DS/L; Olivia Parsley, sr., OH; Naeemah Weathers, sr., MB/RS; Maddison Wilson, so., MB
Others: Matilyn Davis, so., OH; Kyra Kisting, fr., S
Outlook: “I am excited about the cohesiveness our girls have already and I can’t wait to see how that type of team unity translates to the court,” Sullivan said. “This team has the potential to do something special this season.”
Notes: Palmer Ridge reloads with a majority of its top talent from a year ago.
Sand Creek Scorpions
Coach: Bryre Malone, 2nd season
Last year: 4-20 (0-7 4A/5A PPAC)
Returning athletes: Briaunna Harold, sr., OH; Kayla McAllister, sr., MB; Britany Tran, sr., OH
Others: Alisha Henderson, sr., S; Kristiana Watts, jr., MB/OH
Outlook: “I have a relatively young team; they’re thirsty for knowledge and competition,” Malone said. “If we stay focused and consistent, the possibilities are endless.”
Notes: Harold led the Scorpions with 48 kills last year.
Vista Ridge Wolves
Coach: Jennifer Schaap, 10th season
Last year: 3-20 (1-6 4A/5A PPAC)
Returning athletes: Addison Becker, jr.,OH/DS; Kennady Doggett, sr., OH; CeCe Johnson, jr., M; Trinity Maldonado, sr., M; Alexis Molia, jr., S; Kylee Patterson, sr., DS/L; Paige Spruill, sr., OH/RS
Outlook: “I’m looking forward to watching this group of girls compete and grow as a team,” Schaap said.
Notes: The Wolves won 15 sets in 2018, but lost only one senior to graduation.
Colorado Springs Christian Lions
Coach: Lori Currier, 7th season
Last year: 22-5 (10-0 3A Tri-Peaks) Placed second in the Class 3A state tournament.
Returning athletes: Kiersten Brock, jr., S; Jubilee Diamond, sr., OH/MH/RS; Angelina Maestas, jr., DS; Kayla Merckx, jr., MH/RS; Abby Miller, jr., OH; Avery Stein, sr., L; Charlie Tidwell, sr., OH
Outlook: “We have so many returning athletes from last year’s team,” Currier said. “It’s a great group, they work well together, and I’m looking forward to growing even more as individual athletes and a team.”
Notes: The Lions had three players with more than 200 kills in 2018, and will return two, including the team’s offensive leader Tidwell. CSCS lost the 2018 3A-1A girls’ volleyball player of the year, Christa Vogt, and three others to graduation.
Coach: Ray Maika, 3rd season
Last year: 3-19 (2-11 3A Tri-Peaks)
Returning athletes: Kaela France, jr., OH; Dalton Henderson, so., MH; Zoe Jones, jr., S; Celestina Quintan a, sr., Opp; Samantha Zamora, sr., DS
Others: Tereise Alopopo, jr., OH
Outlook: “We are excited to bring the bulk of our young team back from last year after our first year in 3A moving up from 2A,” Maika said. “We have a little bit more height on our front lines with an experienced back row.”
Notes: France returns after leading the team in kills with 240 — 173 more than the team’s second-leading hitter. Last year Henderson led the state in the regular season with 159 blocks.
James Irwin Jaguars
Coach: Mike Prusinowski, 9th season
Last year: 13-10 (5-7 3A Tri-Peaks)
Returning athletes: Kailan Gallegos, jr., S; Mia Guerrero, sr., OH; Aso Lefano, sr., Setter; Rihana Tulensa, sr., OH; Kya’ Willis, jr., MH
Outlook: “The five returners are a solid group of girls,” Prusinowski said. “These girls have been together for two season already and are fun to watch play together. The all work hard and are not afraid of anyone despite not being the tallest team around.”
Notes: The Jaguars lost five players to graduation, including two of their three top offensive powers.
Manitou Springs Mustangs
Coach: Jane Squires, 4th season
Last year: 19-5 (11-1)
Returning athletes: Brooke Forbes, so., DS; Mahlia Glass, jr., S/OH; Maddie Kelly, sr., DS; Teagan Nevada, sr., MB; Ashlyn Thomson, so., S
Outlook: "We will be a youthful group this year mixed with some experience," Squires said. "The squad is working very hard and have made good goals for the season with great focus. Youth is athletic and making great strides."
St. Mary’s Pirates
Coach: David Barkley, 1st season
Last year: 15-10 (8-4 3A Tri-Peaks)
Returning athletes: Sarah Conners, sr., L; Seneca Hackley, sr., OH; Jillian Kellick, jr., MB; Alexa Lamack, sr., S; Katie Morales, sr., MB; Rachel Wilcox, sr., OH
Outlook: “We have an experienced team with a great work ethic and a desire to succeed,” Barkley said.
Notes: Last year the Pirates had five players register 100 or more kills and all return for the 2019 season.
Coach: Andrew Soeldner, 1st season
Last year: 4-19 (2-10 3A Tri-Peaks)
Returning athletes: Cortney Arrasmith, sr., MH; Erin Dornan, sr., DS; Jaden Fuqua, jr., S; Sophia Guevara, so., OPP; Aubree Lang, so., MH; Abby Meinen, jr., OH; Aspen Patrick, so., OH; Elizabeth Redd, jr., OPP; Ainsley Skur, fr., S
Outlook: “I’m excited to watch this young team continue to develop,” Soeldner said. “They have amazing attitudes towards one another and are hungry to learn and improve. A fantastic combination for a team. We look to exhibit continuous improvement throughout the season.”
Notes: Soeldner returns to lead the Coursers after taking two years off. In the spring he led the Vanguard boys’ volleyball team to a fourth consecutive state championship.
2A Black Forest
Colorado Springs School Kodiaks
Coach: Kyong Lee, 12th season
Last year: 15-10 (5-1 2A Black Forest)
Returning athletes: Alair Ferguson, jr., MB/OH; Elise Layton, jr., OH; Sarina Mansour, sr., S; Whitney Richardi, jr., MB
Outlook: Lee said she is excited to work with a dedicated group of players.
Notes: Layton returns for her junior season after leading the league in kills per set, averaging 3.6. She had 270 total kills to lead the Kodiaks.
Coach: Samantha Christian, 3rd season
Last year: 17-8 (4-2 2A Black Forest)
Returning athletes: Sydney Campbell, so., OH
Others: Riley Stearns, so., MH
Outlook: “We have a solid group of returning athletes, with a lot of kids throughout the summer with huge improvements,” Christian said. “We are really going to focus on playing smarter throughout the season, while building one the talents that we already have.”
Notes: Stearns returns after leading last year’s team in blocks (68) and finished second on the team with 185 kills.