Lamar volleyball team gets a shot at the state title following COVID-19 test controversy
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The Lamar volleyball team’s impressive season almost ended prematurely due to a positive COVID-19 test.
The Lady Savages were 16-0 and set as a fourth seed in the state 3A tournament. They fell 3-1 to University on Wednesday.
The team started play Wednesday afternoon at the Broadmoor World Arena, but this was after they had to wait on correspondence from the state after the positive test. One of the players tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.
Prowers County commissioners and the Prowers County Health Department both gave the OK for the team to play, according to Prowers County Commissioner Tom Grasmick. Grasmick added this came after a 14-hour of investigation into how girls were quarantined. The girls reportedly quarantined themselves for three weeks and social-distanced at practices.
He added all the girls tested negative on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning for COVID-19. As of Tuesday night, the State told the team they couldn’t participate in the tournament. Dozens of concerned parents and student athletes reached out to 11 News on the matter.
“We are just trying to get consistency, there’s so much uncertainty,” one parent said.
We have reached out to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment looking for answers surrounding the team’s run in the tournament. A spokesperson said in an email Wednesday morning they are “working on it and are hoping to get you some information as soon as possible.”
The El Paso County Health Department said the following when asked about the game:
“While this is an ongoing investigation, out of an abundance of caution, El Paso County Public Health is working with all involved entities to put in place prevention measures and enhance the safety of the event. El Paso County Public Health has asked the players and coaches to take additional precautions and prevention measures to mitigate potential exposure.”
The volleyball team got the green light to play at 2:20 p.m.
It still isn’t clear what was behind the decision making from the state officials and why they decided to allow the girls to play after telling them they couldn’t.
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