Aurora has four chances to end its glaring absence from the Class 5A state volleyball tournament. The city went unrepresented at the Denver Coliseum last season for the first time in nearly a decade, as a number of RPI-related circumstances and the rise of programs in other parts of the metro area kept them out. Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest, Grandview and Rangeview worked their way into the 5A postseason by their league standing or RPI position in the recently completed regular season.

AURORA | The Centennial League volleyball season came to an end Tuesday night, setting up the matchups for the season-ending Centennial League challenge tournament. Based on their finish in the final standings, the eight league teams — including Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest, Grandview, Overland and Smoky Hill from Aurora — were divided into two pools for three final matches beginning Thursday.

Aurora volleyball teams are ready to turn the page on last season, when the state tournament was decided completely without them. For the first time in a decade, not a single city program managed to make it to the Denver Coliseum, a rare event that was the result of some odd circumstances in addition to the impact of the newly-instituted RPI feature for determining the makeup of the postseason.