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Big rubber match today against league-rival Huskies

The first time Battle Mountain and Glenwood Springs faced each other, the match was at Battle Mountain and resulted in a 3-1 victory. The second faceoff was at Glenwood and netted a 3-2 Demon win. Now the teams will go head-to-head again, but this time the site is a neutral court and the stakes are higher than they have been all season.”Call it the rubber match,” Glenwood head coach Scott Nykerk said. “It should be lots of fun. It is two teams that know each other really well.”It will be the final match in pool play for both teams in the Class 4A state volleyball tournament at the Denver Coliseum. If the Demons win, they likely will advance to the semifinals. Cheyenne Mountain could throw a wrench in things if the Indians are able to upset Mountain View.”I am very excited,” senior middle blocker Leanna Lawson said. “We are looking forward to this match and looking for revenge.”When the Demons traveled to Battle Mountain on Sept. 22, the Huskies handed Glenwood its first loss of the season after winning in four games (25-18, 22-25, 25-14, 25-23).Then on Oct. 23, Glenwood hosted the Huskies, this time beating them in five games (26-24, 25-13, 25-23, 25-17, 19-17) and snapping Battle Mountain’s 10-game winning streak.Those matches were played for Western Slope League bragging rights, this one will count for much more.Glenwood went 1-1 on Friday, beating Cheyenne Mountain 3-0 and falling to Mountain View 3-0. Battle Mountain lost to Cheyenne Mountain 3-2 and then lost 3-0 to Mountain View. By losing both games, Battle Mountain can’t advance to the semifinals, but could play the role of spoiler by knocking the Demons out.Glenwood knows what it has to do to win, now it is just about execution.”We have to do the same things we did in the last game,” Nykerk said. “If we can do that, we can win and it doesn’t really matter who we play.”Senior middle blocker Leah Hinkey also thinks the Demons can win.”I think if we just play like we did against Cheyenne Mountain, then we can beat them,” Hinkey said.The showdown is slated as the second match of the day. The semifinals will take place later Saturday afternoon and the state championship will be at 7 p.m.


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