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Volleyball Demons sluggish in homecoming loss to ‘Dogs

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs junior Taylor Kontour directs a shot over the net during Saturday's match against Palisade.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Homecoming weekend is always a challenge when it comes to high school athletics.

“Oh yeah,” Glenwood Springs volleyball coach Sarah Ryan said. “It’s hard to keep them focused on the game and not the dance, the nails and the hair.”

Mix in a three-match week and it’s no surprise Ryan’s Demons looked sluggish against visiting Palisade on Saturday.

Behind 17 kills from Morgan Thieszen, the Bulldogs snapped Glenwood’s six-match winning streak with a 25-22, 25-16, 25-16 win. Palisade, 9-5 overall and 6-1 in 4A Western Slope League play, vaulted into a tie for first place with the Demons (9-4, 6-1).

“We definitely kind of knew coming in what we had to do,” said Bulldogs coach Wendy MacAskill, whose team avenged a five-game loss to Glenwood back on Sept. 18. “It’s good to come on the road and get a win. Glenwood’s a great team, a great defensive team especially.

“It’s always good to come and compete and win.”

Shannon Rhodes finished with 29 assists for Palisade. Courtney Clark had 19 digs and Nicole Herod belted a pair of service aces as the Bulldogs won their fourth straight match.

“We really wanted to execute this game, to play our game the entire way though,” said Clark, a senior. “This game means a lot since we lost to them last time. … We are defending league champs, so we’d like to continue that.”

Mikaela Richardson finished with eight kills and Taylor Kontour had six to lead the Demons, who won in five games at Delta on Tuesday and swept Eagle Valley in Gypsum on Thursday.

Delaney Gaddis racked up 27 assists and Rachel Rosenberg kept active on defense with 24 digs.

“It’s been a long week with three games and homecoming,” Ryan said. “We just mentally weren’t with it.”

Glenwood returns to the court Thursday at Battle Mountain, while Palisade hosts Steamboat Springs on Friday.


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