Volleyball: Vista PEAK set for first trip to 4A regionals

Bison look for good way to cap most successful season

Junior Aleesia Smith (14) and the Vista PEAK volleyball team has won a program-record 14 matches so far in the 2017 season. The Bison received the No. 29 seed in the Class 4A volleyball playoffs and head to Longmont for Region 8 play on Nov. 3, 2017. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | The Vista PEAK volleyball team’s quest to reach the Class 4A regionals has ended and now comes the even more difficult part, getting to the state tournament.

With a 14-9 regular season, the Bison finished No. 29 in the RPI standings and that’s the same seed they received in the postseason, which put coach Simon Moorwood’s team in the Region 8 tournament hosted by Longmont.

Vista PEAK tips off its regional on Friday at 4 p.m. with the host Trojans (19-4), followed by a 5:30 p.m. matchup against No. 17 Roosevelt (15-8).

The team with the best record at the end of three matches — Longmont and Roosevelt play in the finale — advances to the Nov. 10-11 4A state tournament at the Denver Coliseum.

Moorwood’s Bison have won the most matches in the school’s short varsity history, surpassing the 13-win campaigns in 2016 and 2015, which both left Vista PEAK shy of the postseason.

Vista PEAK hasn’t faced either Longmont or Roosevelt this season.

Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or sports@aurorasentinel.com. Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

2017 CLASS 4A REGION 8 VOLLEYBALL

Nov. 3 at Longmont High School

Teams: No. 1 Longmont (19-4), No. 17 Roosevelt (15-8), NO. 29 VISTA PEAK (14-9)

Schedule: NO. 29 VISTA PEAK vs. No. 1 Longmont, 4 p.m.; N0. 29 VISTA PEAK vs. No. 17 Roosevelt, 5:30 p.m.; No. 17 Roosevelt vs. No. 1 Longmont, 7 p.m.