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A weekend split: Glenwood goes 2-2 at home volleyball invite

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs junior Kenzie Nelson-Buehler, right, attempts to block the shot of Lutheran's Laura Beach during Saturday's Demon Invitational.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Glenwood Springs volleyball coach Sarah Ryan hopes a new and improved Demon Invitational field pays dividends.

In past years, Glenwood’s season-opening home invitational hasn’t always prepared the Demons for the rigors of 4A Western Slope League.

With a schedule featuring two Class 5A schools and two teams that made the 2A playoffs last year, the coach and her squad felt sufficiently battle tested after the 2011 invite.

“It was much better competition this year than we’ve had in the past,” Ryan said. “We’re starting to get those bigger schools, those better schools. It’s good for us to see better competition at the beginning.”

Against that upgraded competition, Ryan’s Demons went 2-2.

On Friday, Glenwood defeated Grand Junction Central, 25-22, 22-25, 16-14. On Saturday, the Demons defeated Rangely (25-12, 20-25, 15-9) and lost to Grand Junction (25-23, 17-25, 15-12) and Lutheran (25-17, 25-19).

Record aside, Ryan learned plenty about her team over the course of the two-day tourney, which wrapped up on Saturday.

“We know the things we need to work on,” she said. “We learned what we’re good at. We learned what girls work well together. We’re trying to find that core team. We’re trying to find those six girls who can jell together and make up our core group.”

Part of that core is senior captain Sarah Davis, who along with junior Kenzie Nelson-Buehler and senior Lexie Warkentin, led Glenwood’s weekend attack. Davis welcomed the Demon Invite’s heightened competition.

“It helped us realize we can’t start off slow like we usually do,” she said. “That was our main goal, just to kind of jump on it and get excited, to be loud right off the bat.”

Davis and the Demons plan to employ the same strategy in a Tuesday home date with Coal Ridge. The match begins at 6:30 p.m.

Lutheran and Meeker escaped the all-pool play Demon Invitational with perfect 4-0 records. The teams played in separate pools and never met.

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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