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Volleyball Demons sink Sailors in four games

Luke GrahamSteamboat Pilot & TodayPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Glenwood Springs senior Lexie Warkentin taps the ball over the net Thursday as the Demons battled Steamboat Springs. Glenwood won the match in four games.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado – Give the Glenwood Springs High School girls volleyball team some credit.The Demons’ slow start to the year put them out of the Western Slope League race and continued poor play left them in jeopardy of not making the district playoffs.But playing loose and easy, Glenwood picked up its second impressive win in as many games Thursday, downing Steamboat Springs, 3-1.”After starting the second half of our league season, we said we have nothing to lose,” Demons coach Sarah Ryan said. “We said, ‘Why not just play?'”Play the Demons did – after the first game, anyway.But for the second straight game – Glenwood handed Eagle Valley its second league loss on Saturday – the Demons fell behind in the first game.Steamboat came out and played a crisp game. With the score knotted at 11, Steamboat took control. The Sailors scored nine of the next 12 points to take a commanding lead and upper hand in the match to win, 25-15.”We like to throw that first game out the window,” Ryan said half jokingly.From there, it seemed like any momentum the Sailors had slowly evaporated with each subsequent error.The Demons ran away with the second game, 25-12, evening the match at a game apiece.”And that’s what doesn’t make sense,” said Steamboat coach Wendy Hall, whose team had 25 hitting errors and 38 unforced errors. “We come out in the first game and play great volleyball. Then all we talked about in between games was keep the focus, keep the focus. Then that just doesn’t happen.”Glenwood took control in the third and fourth games, winning 25-21 and 25-17.The win improved the Demons to 8-8 overall and 3-6 in the league. Steamboat fell to 10-9 and 5-4.The loss also pushed Steamboat out of the race for second place in the league. The team will have to finish its final three games off with wins to have a shot at third place in the league.”We have to change their work habits in practice,” Hall said. “They’re having a team meeting [today] without me there. They’re going to decide how they want to play the rest of the season out.”Steamboat next plays at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Moffat County. Glenwood hosts Moffat County at 1 p.m. Saturday.lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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