No. 2 Cherokee Trail volleyball starts slow but rallies to topple No. 1 Chaparral

Chaparral Cherokee Trail volleyball

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Chaparral and Cherokee Trail looked every bit the part of the state's top two programs in their regular season opener on Friday.

Despite falling in the first set, it was the Cougars who looked strongest at the end as they came away with the 3-1 win to knock off Class 5A's top-ranked program heading into 2019.

Find a full photo gallery from the game here.

The Wolverines, last year's state runners-up, jumped out to take the first set 25-18. Cherokee Trail bounced right back and grabbed an impressive 25-13 win in set two to show Chap that the first match of the year was going to be a battle.

The next two sets were tightly contested with the Cougars coming away with identical 25-23 wins to start the season with an impressive win.

The road for the Wolverines won't get any easier as they are set to face off against Grandview on Tuesday. Other non-league opponents this year include Lewis-Palmer, Cheyenne Mountain and Ponderosa.