MONTROSE — It took a tiebreaker, but No. 2 Montrose volleyball emerged as the champion of the Class 4A Region 2 tournament on Saturday.
Montrose opened the tournament with a 3-0 sweep of Longmont.
Longmont, the No. 35 seed, then beat No. 23 Eagle Valley 3-1.
Then, in the third match, Eagle Valley beat Montrose 3-1.
That put the region into a tiebreaker, with Longmont and Eagle Valley playing a one-set match, and the winner advancing to play Montrose. Longmont beat Eagle Valley 25-15 to move on.
In that match, the teams went back and forth early on. Montrose led 17-12 before a 3-0 run by Longmont made it 17-15. Montrose pulled ahead 22-16, and then went on to win 25-20 to earn the state berth.
"We had a great day and had to make it exciting by winning against Longmont and losing to Eagle Valley," Montrose Coach Shane Forrest said. "The girls played great in the tiebreaker against Longmont and really controlled the game the entire time."
Said Madison Satterly, a senior: "Our team got fired up by how we all knew we wanted to win and knew it was do or die for us and we were gonna let nothing touch the ground," Madison Satterly said. "We all played as a team and never let up. It feels amazing to be able to go to state. Montrose hasn't been since 2016 and we worked our butts all season to get where we are now."
Adden Isabel Stollsteimer: "Our team came together after the loss today and the moment Macy Boulden had her huge block in the last set, we knew we would fight to go to state. It feels like the top of the world to take this team that worked so hard all season to meet our goal of going to state. I couldn't ask for a better group of girls to go to state with."