Rampart tops preseason 5A volleyball ranking

State volleyball

Lewis-Palmer, the defending 4A volleyball champion, heads the preseason ranking in that class. (Kevin Keyser/KeyserImages.com)

Rampart, Lewis-Palmer, Manitou Springs, Resurrection Christian and Fleming are the preseason No. 1 volleyball teams in their respective classifications.

CHSAANow.com's preseason poll was released on Monday, and three of last year's champions are atop the rankings. Those are Lewis-Palmer, Resurrection Christian and Fleming.

Rampart, which received eight of the 11 first-place votes, heads the Class 5A poll. The Rams made the state tournament last season, where they went 1-1 in pool play. They return a number of top players from that team.

Cherokee Trail is No. 2 to start the year, and is followed by No. 3 Fossil Ridge, No. 4 Grandview — the defending champion — and No. 5 Cherry Creek.

Pine Creek is sixth, Eaglecrest is seventh, Legend is eighth, Arapahoe is ninth and Mountain Vista rounds out the ranking.

Lewis-Palmer heads 4A. Ponderosa is No. 2, and Air Academy, last year's runner-up, is third.

Manitou Springs is on top of the 3A ranking, just ahead of defending champ Eaton. Manitou was runner-up last season.

Resurrection Christian leads 2A, while Fleming is on top of 1A.

The rankings, voted upon by coaches and select media members, are the official polls of the Association. During the regular season, polls will be released each Monday.

Complete rankings for all classes are below.

CHSAANow.com Volleyball Polls

Voted upon by coaches and media members around the state. New voters can sign up by emailing rcasey@chsaa.org. These rankings have no bearing on postseason seeding.

Go to: 5A | 4A | 3A | 2A | 1A

Class 5A
RK TEAM PTS
1 Rampart (8) 105
2 Cherokee Trail 87
3 Fossil Ridge (1) 71
4 Grandview (2) 65
5 Cherry Creek 54
6 Pine Creek 51
7 Eaglecrest 38
8 Legend 34
9 Arapahoe 24
10 Mountain Vista 19
Others receiving votes:
Regis Jesuit 12, Liberty 8, Highlands Ranch 7, ThunderRidge 7, Douglas County 5, Fairview 4, Castle View 3, Fruita Monument 3, Monarch 3, Rock Canyon 3, Coronado 2.

Class 4A
RK TEAM PTS
1 Lewis-Palmer (8) 89
2 Ponderosa 73
3 Air Academy 64
4 Cheyenne Mountain (1) 63
5 Elizabeth 43
6 Longmont 37
7 Montrose 34
8 Pueblo West 30
9 Valor Christian 25
10 Thomas Jefferson 10
Others receiving votes:
Windsor 7, Berthoud 4, Holy Family 3, Niwot 3, Roosevelt 3, Woodland Park 3, Durango 2, Mullen 2, Thompson Valley 2, Palmer Ridge 1.

Class 3A
RK TEAM PTS
1 Manitou Springs (5) 74
2 Eaton (2) 70
3 Bayfield 60
4 Valley 54
5 Platte Valley 50
6 University 41
7 Sterling 35
8 Lutheran 19
9 St. Mary's 12
10 Colorado Springs Christian 11
Others receiving votes:
Gunnison 4, Machebeuf 3, Faith Christian 2, Lamar 2, Coal Ridge 1, Pagosa Springs 1, The Academy 1.

Class 2A
RK TEAM PTS
1 Resurrection Christian (5) 50
2 Lyons 42
3 Akron 30
4 Fowler 28
5 Meeker 24
6 Ridgway 23
7 Yuma 21
8 Caliche 17
9 Paonia 15
10 Dayspring Christian 10
Others receiving votes:
Swink 5, Vail Christian 1.

Class 1A
RK TEAM PTS
1 Fleming (3) 48
2 Sangre de Cristo (2) 44
3 Otis 42
4 Idalia 35
5 Eads 28
6 Flagler 24
7 Kit Carson 19
8 Hi-Plains 13
9 Weldon Valley 10
10 Edison 6
Others receiving votes:
Cheraw 2, Liberty/Stratton 2, Heritage Christian 1, Rocky Mountain Lutheran 1.