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2010 prep volleyball preview capsules

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent fileAnna Gauldin (5) and the Glenwood Springs High School volleyball team tip off the 2010 volleyball season with the Sept. 3-4 Demon Invitational.
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With high school fall sports kicking into gear throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, the Post Independent will be taking the next few days to preview what’s ahead.

Here’s a school-by-school look at what to expect on the volleyball front:

Head coach: Sarah Ryan, first year.



How the Demons fared in 2009: After going 5-16 in 2008, Glenwood pieced together a 14-8 campaign in 2009. The Demons went 8-6 in the 4A Western Slope League.

Key players: Senior Kiley Stevens, senior Kenzi Caple, senior Anna Gauldin, senior Taylor Nicola, junior Sarah Davis, junior Lexie Warkentin.



Promising newcomers: Junior Cassidy Gaddis.

If all goes well, what’s the best the team can accomplish? “Well, we took this team to a camp at Western State and played some Class 5A schools down there,” Ryan said. “We had our ups and downs, but we played one game at our best and we blew the other team out of the water. As long as they have a great attitude and go into games confident, I don’t think anything can stop us.”

Team goals: “We haven’t really gone over team goals yet,” Ryan relayed. “Of course, we hope to make it to regionals and, of course, state.”

About the new coach: Ryan, formerly known as Sarah McKinley, is a Grand Valley High School graduate who went on to play volleyball at Western State College in Gunnison. Previously an assistant coach for the Demons, this is Ryan’s third year with the program.

Head coach: Scott Black, second year.

How the Titans fared in 2009: Coal Ridge finished the season with a 9-10 record. The highlight of the Titans’ season was a late-season win over Roaring Fork, the latter’s only 3A Western Slope League loss of 2009.

Key players: Junior Christa Currier, junior Zoe Reese, senior Jessica West, senior Kathleen Maldonado, senior Brandee Smith.

Promising newcomers: Senior Chasity Gonzales (up from JV).

If all goes well, what’s the best the team can accomplish? “We could certainly be in the top four,” Black said. “We came on late [last year], so I think we’re just going to pick up where we left off. We lost a couple players, but we’ll be OK.”

Team goals: “We haven’t discussed any of that yet,” Black said.

Head coach: David Walck, third year.

How the Cardinals fared in 2009: Grand Valley finished up with a 12-10 overall record, advancing to the district round of the playoffs in the process.

Key players: Senior Jessica Bell, senior Karsyn Valencia, senior Chelsea Neely, junior Jazmin McFarland, junior Kristen Schubert.

Promising newcomers: Sophomore Tarianna Lawrence, senior Sadee Aldrich, sophomore Rocio Roman.

If all goes well, what’s the best the team can accomplish? “We want to be competitive, but we have a lot of work to do,” Walck said. “I would like to see the team finish in the top five, but there are a lot of variables that need to come together. Roaring Fork, Olathe and Gunnison should gun for the top spots. The rest of us could fall anywhere.”

Team goals: “Our five goals: 1. Have fun; 2. Work hard; 3. Touch every ball; 4. Get better; 5. Communicate.”

Head coach: Erin Reider, first year.

How the Bears fared in 2009: Playing at the 4A level, Rifle struggled to a 2-17 overall record and an 0-14 mark in the 4A Western Slope League. The Bears are dropping to Class 3A this season.

Key players: Senior Racheal Keithley, senior Adrienne Schmidt.

If all goes well, what’s the best the team can accomplish? “We are so excited to be playing in the 3A league,” Reider said. “We are going to be very competitive, and hope to find ourselves right in the middle of the league.”

Team goals: “To emphasize teamwork and play as a team, with hopes of having postseason play,” Reider passed along.

About the new coach: Reider grew up in Mancos and graduated from Fort Lewis College. She’s been teaching at Rifle High School for eight years. Reider coached the junior varsity volleyball team for six of those years.

Head coach: Carrie Shultz, third year.

How the Rams fared in 2009: Roaring Fork put together one of its most successful season in recent history, going 22-3 and winning the 3A Western Slope League. The Rams advanced to the regional round of the playoffs, finishing a one-game playoff shy of advancing to the state tournament. Landon Garvik finished the season by winning the league’s player of the year award. Shultz was the league’s coach of the year.

Key players: Senior Landon Garvik, senior Niki Burns, senior Joey Clingan, senior Ixchel Muniz, senior Savanna Phibbs.

Promising newcomers: Sophomore Taylor Adams, sophomore Megan Gianinetti. “We have a ton of newcomers this year,” Shultz said. “We’re at maximum capacity with all our teams. We’re excited about the development of our junior and sophomore classes.”

If all goes well, what’s the best the team can accomplish? “If all goes well, I think this team would really like to win the Western Slope League again,” Shultz said. “We’d certainly like to work our way through the state tournament. If we don’t out-achieve what we did last year, it would be disappointing.”

Team goals: “We haven’t sat down and set our team goals, but knowing their competitiveness, I’m sure they’ll set the bar very high.”

– Compiled by Jeff Caspersen


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