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‘We’re not going to lose’

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Sometimes the most basic of rallying cries are enough to lift a team to triumph.

In a Tuesday volleyball match against visiting Coal Ridge, Glenwood Springs simply didn’t want to lose. And, despite falling into a two-game hole at the outset, the Demons didn’t lose, rallying for a 23-25, 13-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-8 win over the visiting Titans.

“We were like, ‘We’re not going to lose,'” Glenwood sophomore Delaney Gaddis said. “We really wanted it, so we fought for it.”

Gaddis had 17 assists and Sarah Davis and Abby Russell swatted eight kills apiece as the Demons improved to 3-2 overall on the young season. Taylor James chipped in with three aces and 14 digs.

“They just decided they didn’t want to lose,” Demons coach Sarah Ryan said, echoing Gaddis’ words. “And I think it’s a big rivalry. They finally decided we were not going to lose to Coal Ridge.”

Tuesday night’s match certainly resembled a battle between rivals. Coal Ridge, which is just a short drive down Interstate 70 west from Glenwood Springs, had a healthy – and raucous – contingent of fans on hand. The dueling fan bases made for an intense environment.

One from which the Demons, now 3-2 overall, were happy to escape with a win.

“We’re drained, but it’s probably the most exciting thing to finally beat them,” Gaddis said. “That’s all we wanted.”

As for Class 3A Coal Ridge, coach Scott Black wasn’t sweating a loss to a 4A foe.

“We don’t care,” he said. “That doesn’t affect us or what we’re trying to do.”

Still, Black would like to see his squad learn to put games away.

“Sometimes I think we think other teams are going to give it to us after we go up 2-0,” he said. “We had too many errors we don’t normally make. Balls were dropping that don’t normally drop. People were running into each other. That’s not what we’ve done the first three matches.”

Tuesday marked the second time this season the Titans have watched a two-game lead dissipate. In last Thursday’s season opener at Roaring Fork, the Titans squandered the same advantage in a loss to the Rams.

Coal Ridge dipped to 2-2 overall with Tuesday’s defeat. Christa Currier led the team with 12 kills and five blocks.

Next on the schedule for the Titans is a Saturday doubleheader. Coal Ridge will play at Gunnison at noon and then head to Olathe for a 6 p.m. match.

Glenwood hosts Battle Mountain on Tuesday.

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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