4A Girls Volleyball: Thompson Valley Wins Back-to-Back State Titles

DENVER — The Thompson Valley Eagles are back-to-back Class 4A state champions.

Thompson Valley completed a perfect run through the tournament with her 25-23, 25-20, 25-21 win over Windsor. They didn’t lose a match and they didn’t even drop a set en route to claiming the gold trophy for the second year in a row.

“It feels great,” said Grace Robidoux, a senior from Thompson Valley. “It’s honestly the best feeling in the world. I’m so glad I’m a senior and have to walk this path. It’s honestly the best feeling ever. It makes all the practice and all the hard work so worth it.

In each of the first two sets, the match was close until the final stages. In the first set, neither team led by more than four points, giving Thompson Valley a 10-6 lead. Windsor stormed back and tied it at 20-20.

Teams traded points from there until Thompson Valley scored back-to-back to win 25-23 on a kill by Wiersema.

The second set was also tight. Thompson Valley led 14-13 midway and then began to withdraw late. With a 24-20 lead, a block combination was the winner of the set and the Eagles were one set away from the championship.

“We always talk about how hard it is to beat a good team twice, and we’ve beaten that team three times this year,” said Thompson Valley head coach Lester Thorne. “It’s really tough. Everyone makes small corrections here and there. We knew they wouldn’t stop fighting. They like to win. They really struggle not to lose.”

That’s exactly what the Eagles did in the third set.

Early on it looked like it might go to Windsor. The Wizards led 11-4, 14-7 before the Eagles regrouped. They rallied to tie it at 17-17 and the teams traded points until Thompson Valley ended the game on a 4-2 run.

When the last point touched the ground, the Eagles stormed onto the court, celebrating on the ground and on top of each other.

“Honestly, it feels surreal,” said Becca Wiersema, a senior from the Thompson Valley. “Last year was so crazy just coming to a new place and having never experienced it before. Experiencing it for the second time almost felt like it was faster. It was crazy. it’s so cool I’m glad I’m going out like that.”

Thompson Valley ended the season with a 27-2 record. That record includes three victories over Windsor, once in the regular season and twice in the state tournament.