Volleyball: Key dates, information on 2012 season

Postseason revamped for 3A-5A teams, regular season opens Aug. 30


Changes — The volleyball postseason has been dramatically reshaped, as district tournaments have been eliminated for Classes 3A-5A and regional tournaments have been reformatted. The changes are designed to save a weekend of travel for schools and increase the competitive of the postseason. All league champions automatically earn regional berths and 36 other teams will be determined by Maxpreps.com Freeman Rankings, then broken up into 12 3-team regionals with the top 12 teams hosting.

The number of qualifiers for the state tournament has increased by four teams as the winner of each of the 12 regionals advances as opposed to eight in the past. In place of two four-team pools at state, four three-team pools will be created based on rankings, with the winner of each playing in the crossover semifinals. The two semifinal winners play for the state championship at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Denver Coliseum.

Last season’s state champions — 5A: Chaparral; 4A: Cheyenne Mountain; 3A: Eaton; 2A: Lutheran; 1A: Otis

Aurora 2011 records: Grandview 29-2 (lost in championship match of Class 5A state tournament); Regis Jesuit 26-4 (lost in semifinals of Class 5A state tournament); Rangeview 19-3; Eaglecrest 18-11 (lost in pool play of Class 5A state tournament; Gateway 12-9; Cherokee Trail 11-11; Aurora Central 8-12; Overland 5-14; Smoky Hill 4-15; Hinkley 2-15

Aurora 2012 coaches: Aurora Central — Paul Reyes; Cherokee Trail — Terry Miller; Eaglecrest — Tanya Bond; Gateway — Mary Millman; Grandview — Patty Childress; Hinkley — Amanda Riser; Overland — Chance Dunston; Rangeview — Larry Deffenbaugh; Regis Jesuit — Laura Dunston; Smoky Hill — Carrie Glenn; Vista PEAK — Nikki Ciletti

Key dates (Classes 3A-5A)First practice: Aug. 13; First scrimmage: Aug. 23; First contest: Aug. 30; Regis Jesuit Jam: Aug. 31-Sept. 1; Eaglecrest Invitational: Sept. 14-15; “Think Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness Month: October; League play completed: Oct. 29; Regional tournaments: Nov. 3 at 12 sites to be determined; State tournament seeding: Nov. 5; State tournaments: Nov. 9-10 at the Denver Coliseum

Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at sports@aurorasentinel.com or 303-750-7555

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