Douglas County defeats Pueblo South in boys volleyball

Huskies will face Regis in quarterfinal action


Douglas County had a morning breakfast for its boys volleyball team to help get the team ready for the Region 1 title game on June 19 against Pueblo South.

The Huskies, unbeaten and top seeded in the CHSAA’s first sanctioned boys volleyball playoffs, rolled to a 3-0 victory over the Colts. Douglas County piled up 25-19, 25-17 and 25-11 set wins.

Douglas County (15-0) will take on Regis Jesuit (9-6) in one of the June 25 quarterfinal matches at 9 a.m. Legend (13-2) will play Cherokee Trail (8-7) at 1 p.m. while Valor Christian (13-2) will take on Cherry Creek (10-5) at 3 p.m. James Irwin (14-1) and Eaglecrest (12-3) play at 11 a.m.

Huskies’ coach Jason Fitzgerald wanted to make sure his team was focused prior to its regional test against Pueblo South.

“I was really happy with the play,” said Fitzgerald. “I thought we stayed composed. We didn’t overlook these guys (Pueblo South). We knew they had a good hitter. You don’t get to the playoffs right now without being good and we wanted to make sure we were focused.

“We have been attentive to make sure we’re checked in. We just got here a little early this morning, had breakfast together and tried to work through some of those things. We are aware that this is a longer season and into the summer and keeping these kids connected together is a little more challenging.”

Douglas County met every challenge offered by the Colts in the June 19 regional title game.

Jayden Pascua, Connor Shumate and Dillen Coney were part of a strong Douglas County front line which dominated play.

“I think we were really prepared and super focused the whole time,” said Jayden Pascua. “We focused on what we needed to do to win.”

In other regional playoff games, Legend beat Westminster 3-0 in the Region 2 finale. Sean Carlson and Paxton Wright each had 10 kills for the Titans while Reece Lindstrom finished with 34 assists.

Valor Christian downed DSST College View, 3-0, and Cherry Creek blanked Colorado Springs Christian, 3-0. Justin Cypress had 18 kills for the Bruins, Josh Guthrie 15 digs and Jordan Cardenas 41 assists.


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