Prep Sports Roundup: Volleyball Demons continue second-half surge |

Prep Sports Roundup: Volleyball Demons continue second-half surge

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs' Jenna Pearce, left, and Mikaela Richardson attempt to block a Palisade player's shot during Thursday's match.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Sarah Ryan is finally seeing the talent that she knew was there all along.

At last playing up to their immense potential, Ryan’s Glenwood Springs volleyball team has caught fire in the second half of the season. On Thursday, the red-hot Demons took down Palisade, the 4A Western Slope League’s first place team, in four games.

Glenwood prevailed by game counts of 25-20, 23-25, 25-18 and 25-18 to lock down its fifth straight win.

“I think the second half of our season shows us what we really are,” said Ryan, whose team improved to 10-8 overall and to 5-6 in league play.

Palisade lost for just the fourth time in 2011. The Bulldogs are now 15-4 overall and 10-2 in league play.

Lexie Warkentin’s 18 kills helped the Demons take down the league leaders. She also had three blocks.

Kenzie Nelson-Buehler smashed six kills and Sarah Davis and Mikaela Richardson had five apiece.

On defense, Abby Norton came up with 25 digs. Warkentin chipped in with 18 digs and Taylor James had 16.

Abby Russell distributed 21 assists and Delaney Gaddis and Nelson-Buehler both had three aces.

Thursday was senior night for the Demons, who honored Warkentin, Norton, Davis and Cassidy Gaddis.

Gaddis sat out Thursday’s home finale. She broke her foot in an Oct. 4 match at Battle Mountain.

Glenwood’s four seniors hold a special spot in Ryan’s heart. They were freshmen when she joined the program as an assistant coach a few years back.

“These girls, we’ll definitely miss their attitudes,” the Demons’ second-year head coach said. “They’re very talented girls. I look forward to see where they go from here.”

Roaring Fork’s volleyball team swept Grand Valley in three games (25-21, 25-17, 25-23) on Thursday.

Hattie Gianinetti’s nine kills paced the Rams, who improved to 14-4 overall and to 14-3 in the 3A WSL. Megan Gianinetti added eight kills and Caitlin Kinney had seven.

Megan Gianinetti led the team in digs with 14. Kenia Pinela chipped in with 10 digs and Hattie Gianinetti had five digs and four blocks.

Taylor Adams finished with 24 assists, eight digs and three blocks.

Israel Leyva scored two goals and Ben Carpenter and Enrique Abarca scored one apiece as Roaring Fork’s boys soccer team topped crosstown rival Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 4-1, on Wednesday.

Carpenter also had an assist.

On Thursday, Roaring Fork closed its regular season with a 7-0 win at Grand Valley to improve to 9-5 overall and to 7-1 in the 3A WSL.

Coal Ridge sweated out a 2-1 boys soccer win at Rifle on Thursday.

“It was an intense game,” Titans coach Brian Blair said.

After a scoreless first half, Jose Rodriguez put Coal Ridge ahead with a goal. Enrique Bucio made it 2-0 with a goal off a rebound.

Coal Ridge wrapped its regular season with an 11-3-1 overall record and 6-1-1 record in the 3A WSL.

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