Durango High School won a Southwestern League championship, won Districts, won Regionals, then went 1-3 at the CHSAA Class 4A State Volleyball Championships this past weekend at the Denver Coliseum.
Overall, DHS finished its season 21-7 and 8-2 in its league.
So it was no surprise when the Demons collected coach and player of the year honors when the final SWL awards were released this week. Well, no surprise to most.
I was actually surprised, said Demons head coach Robin Oliger, who was selected as the SWL Coach of the Year.
Oliger thought the award would go to Bob Richardson, who helped turn around the Fruita Monument volleyball program.
As for Sloan Lovett, the SWL Player of the Year, that was great, Oliger said. That couldve gone to Ashley Wells, too. She had a good year.
Wells, a Grand Junction Central senior, was one of six seniors on the All-SWL First Team.
Lovett, the Demons big-swinging, right-handed outside hitter, was the teams only junior.
In the end, I think it came down to that no matter who Sloan was playing, she played terrific, Oliger said. And thats kind of what its all about.
Anne Marie Pettinato, a senior middle blocker for DHS, joined Lovett, Wells, Andi Pickens of Montezuma-Cortez, Jana Horn of Montrose and Camille Kovach and Angela Archuleta of Fruita Monument on the first team.
Pettinato also was selected to play in the Colorado Coaches for Girls Sports All-State Game on Sunday in Denver.
The all-star game, played since 1978, is voted on by coaches throughout the state.
The fact that thats voted on by coaches around the state, they all got to see her play (at state), said Oliger, who lauded her seniors play during the Elite Eight.
Shes had a great year this year, a solid first-teamer. Shes had a great year. She showed up in great shape, and that was huge; that made a big difference for her.
Durango junior middle blocker Claire Ochsner and senior libero Julia Lawton were named to the second team.
I was pretty excited about that, too, said Oliger, who took pride the league-wide recognition for her defensive specialist. I was really excited for her. She earned it.