Demons go 3-1 at home invitational |

Demons go 3-1 at home invitational

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Both Glenwood Springs coach Sarah Ryan and Grand Valley coach Dave Walck accomplished what they hoped to at the season-opening Demon Invitational tournament: Their teams got better.

Cramming four matches apiece into three days of volleyball at the 16-team tourney, both Ryan’s Demons and Walck’s Cardinals had ample opportunity to hone their abilities.

“I moved the girls around a little bit to see what girls meld the best together,” Ryan said moments after her squad defeated Grand Valley, 25-19, 25-21, in the teams’ final match on Saturday. “We really got to see a lot of things this weekend. We learned a lot about the girls this weekend.”

The Demons finished up the tournament with a 3-1 record, defeating the Cardinals, Meeker (25-14, 25-27, 15-8) and Moffat County (25-14, 25-17) and losing to Roaring Fork (25-18, 25-19).

Grand Valley, for which Ryan played during her high school volleyball days, compiled a 2-2 weekend record. The Cardinals beat Nucla (14-25, 25-21, 15-5) and Aspen (25-23, 22-25, 15-11) and lost to Denver Christian (25-14, 25-22) and Glenwood.

“The goal for us was to gain some valuable experience and raise the level of our game,” said Walck, whose team returned just one starter from last year – setter Tarianna Lawrence. “We had a lot of growing pains, a lot of inconsistency, but, overall, I’m happy. We were 2-2 against some great competition.”

Delaney Gaddis and Jenna Pearce belted four kills apiece and Laura McDermott had a pair of blocks for the Demons in their finale against Grand Valley. Lyndsey Andersen countered with three kills for the Cardinals.

Both teams return to action during the forthcoming week, with Glenwood heading to Coal Ridge for a 6 p.m. match on Tuesday and Grand Valley heading to Coal Ridge on Thursday.

Only a loss to Class 2A defending state champion Lutheran kept Roaring Fork from a perfect weekend at the Demon Invitational.

After taking the opening game, 26-24, the Class 3A Rams were edged out in the final two, 25-21 and 15-12.

Hattie Gianinetti swatted nine kills and Taylor Adams had 19 assists in the intense match.

Roaring Fork picked up its three tournament wins over Moffat County (25-16, 25-13), Meeker (25-22, 25-9) and Glenwood Springs.

Coal Ridge won three of its four weekend matches, defeating Rangely (25-18, 25-19), Vail Christian (25-16, 25-12) and Rifle (25-15, 25-14) and losing to Lutheran (25-7, 25-21).

Rifle won one of its four Demon Invite matches, defeating Nucla on Saturday (19-25, 25-16, 15-13). The Bears lost to Lutheran (25-9, 25-13), Vail Christian (26-24, 25-20) and Coal Ridge.

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