CSS 27 17 21 22 -1
Fowler 25 25 25 25 -3
Sanford 22 23 21 -0
Fowler 25 25 25 -3

The Grizzlies netminders have been through a very competitive regular season schedule and have endured with a gritty never give up attitude. That attitude came to the forefront on the Fowler home court this past weekend in the 2/A Region-8 playoffs against Colorado Springs School and Sanford.

The Kodiaks of Colorado Springs School came to play early Saturday and pulled out a white-knuckler by two points at 27-25 in the first set. The Grizzlies defense stepped up in the second set to give the home team the win 25-17.

At this point the competitive trials of the regular season paid off as the Fowler squad held back a charging Kodiaks team in the last two set 25-21 and 25-22 to take the match.

“They were much improved since our first match with them earlier this season,” commented a pleased Grizzlies coach. “We've focused on blocking and team defense this past week and I feel we showed a lot of improvement in that area.”

Individual and team stats for the games were: Kills; Emily Flanscha 15, Kaley Pieper 11, Tannice Wetzel 10 - Aces; Jayden Osborne 5, Avery Bouldin 4, Blocks; Wetzel 3, Digs; Brooke Bell 25 – Assists; Jayden Osborne 44, Serve Receiving; Bell 26, Pruett 24.

With the tough initial match win behind them the Grizzlies were ready for the Sanford Indians who were coming off an impressive win streak and boasting a 14-9 record.

The match, in a nutshell, was as tight as it could be all the way to the end. The unfortunate thing for the visiting Indians was the end came in three sets. Even though a mere nine total points separated the two combatants, when it was over the Grizzlies had won 25-22, 25 23, 25-21.

Individual and team stats for the Sanford game were: Kills; Flanscha 19, Kaley Aces; Pruett 3, Blocks; Wetzel 2, Pieper 2, Digs; Bell 19 – Assists; Osborne 29, Serve Receiving; Pruett 25.

“Sanford is a well-coached, competitive team and they were on a 7-game winning streak,” continued the Grizzlies coach. “We wanted to be aggressive and we were on the net and serving. It was one of our better matches of the season and I am really proud of the way our team represented Fowler.”

Fowler will play Region 10 winner Dolores (24-1) at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Coliseum in Denver.