DENVER • If Colorado Springs Christian School is going to win its seventh straight state title, it’s going to have to do it the hard way.

In its first match of the day second-seeded CSCS lost to No. 7 seed University in a dramatic five-game match that sent shock waves through the 3A bracket.

“We’re just not loose enough yet, I don’t know what it is but I think these kids are carrying six years of a shadow over the top of them,” CSCS coach Mike Broekhuis said.

After going up two games to none, the Lions imploded and allowed University to complete a stunning comeback of 21-25, 17-25, 26-24, 27-25, 15-13.

CSCS even took an 11-8 lead in the final game before losing seven of the next nine points.

In its second match of the day, a must-win against No. 6 Roaring Fork, the Lions played with much more urgency and intensity. They won 25-21, 16-25, 25-21, 25-17 to keep their season alive.

“We definitely focused on pumping everyone up and getting ready to play,” Lions junior Summer Greager said. “We fought for every point because we had to win; it was do-or-die.”

The Lions play No. 3 Eaton this morning, and need a win to at least force a tie-break to try to get to the semis.

No. 5 The Classical Academy defeated No. 4 St. Mary’s 16-25, 25-21, 25-16, 26-24 in the first match of the day to set itself up for a spot in the semifinals with one more win in its two remaining matches.

“We came together and fought hard as a team and we had so much fun,” TCA junior Katie Reininger said. “We got so excited after every point and we were very happy to win that match.”

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However, the Titans were soundly beaten by No. 1 Valley in the second match of the day 25-19, 25-21, 25-11.

Even after the loss to Valley, the Titans have to feel good about their chances to make the semifinals. If TCA can defeat No. 8 Bayfield, who lost both its Day 1 matches Friday, today, the Titans would most likely be in.

“Heading into tomorrow it’s a new day. We’ve played Bayfield and had success against them so I think we’re going to be OK,” TCA coach Annette Sudbrack said.

St. Mary’s went on to win its second match of the day over Bayfield 19-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18, but the road to the semifinals isn’t easy for the Pirates.

To force a tie-break, St. Mary’s will have to beat No. 1 Valley at 8 a.m. today.

3A STATE VOLLEYBALL SCORES

Pool 1 (Valley 2-0, TCA 1-1, St. Mary's 1-1, Bayfield 0-2)

No. 5 TCA def. No. 4 St. Mary's 3-1 (16-25, 25-21, 25-16, 26-24)No. 1 Valley def. No. 8 Bayfield 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-20)No. 1 Valley def. No. 5 TCA 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-11)No. 4 St. Mary's def. No. 8 Bayfield 3-1 (19-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18)

Pool 2 (University 2-0, CSCS 1-1, Eaton 1-1, Roaring Fork 0-2)

No. 3 Eaton def. No. 6 Roaring Fork 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-15)No. 7 University def. No. 2 CSCS 3-2 (21-25, 17-25, 26-24, 27-25, 15-13)No. 2 CSCS def, No. 6 Roaring Ford 3-1 (25-21, 16-25, 25-21, 25-17)No. 7 University def. No. 3 Eaton 3-2 (25-19, 25-20, 24-26, 21-25, 15-10)

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