Rams spike host Demons in tournament opener
Madison Handy and Hattie Gianinetti blasted eight kills apiece as Roaring Fork coasted to a 25-18, 25-19 win over host Glenwood Springs in the Demon Invitational volleyball tournament on Thursday.
The Rams also got 21 assists and eight digs from Taylor Adams and four aces and 10 digs from Handy in the victory.
Two other matches were on the slate for the opening night of Glenwood’s annual season-opening tournament, which this year features 16 teams. Coal Ridge defeated Rifle, 25-15, 25-14, and Grand Valley took down Aspen, 25-23, 22-25, 15-11.
Tourney play resumes today at 11 a.m. at Glenwood Springs High School.
Today’s matches involving local teams: Rifle vs. Vail Christian, 2 p.m. (auxiliary gymnasium); Meeker vs. Roaring Fork, 3:30 p.m. (main gym); Denver Christian vs. Grand Valley, 3:30 p.m. (auxiliary gym); Coal Ridge vs. Lutheran, 6:30 p.m. (auxiliary gym); Glenwood Springs vs. Moffat County, 8 p.m. (main gym)
Luis Pena scored Grand Valley’s lone goal in a 4-1 boys soccer loss to visiting Vail Mountain School on Thursday.
Luis Vicencio assisted Pena’s goal, which came four minutes into the second half with the Cardinals trailing 2-0.
“I thought the boys played a pretty solid first 40 minutes,” Grand Valley coach Eric Sarno said. “Obviously, going down 2-0 at half isn’t the best scenario, but for the first 40 minutes of the season, I was pleased. We talked about finding the outside middle and creating opportunities on goal.”
The Cardinals’ goalkeeper, Tucker Schultz, made five saves.
Defender Cesar Luna and Luis Mancinas were solid, Sarno said. The coach also lauded Santos Cornejo’s spirited effort at midfield.
“Overall, we showed spirit and toughness,” Sarno said. “I am satisfied with the effort.”
Grand Valley suffered an injury blow in the game, losing starting midfielder Ben Coleman to a broken collarbone.
“This was and will be a huge blow for the squad,” Sarno said.
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.