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Bulldogs put bite on Demon spikers

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson
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Palisade proved why it has the eighth-ranked volleyball team in Class 4A in the state Thursday night, quieting the Glenwood Demons in a 3-0 Western Slope League victory (25-16, 25-18, 25-15).The Bulldogs (5-1 WSL) controlled the match from the get go. They froze the Demons on serves with nine aces, while Glenwood (3-3 WSL) didn’t record any. “They’re are experienced and a lot of the same team we played in regionals last year,” said Glenwood head coach Scott Nykerk about Palisade. “They played tough. We knew they had a lot coming back and right now they are second in the league and we didn’t play well on top of it all. We can play a lot better than that.”

Palisade threw two defenders up to block the net on Glenwood’s attacks, out-blocking them 11-5 in the match. Even when the Bulldogs weren’t guarding the net, the Demons had their own problems.”We had two games where we didn’t even pass the ball up to the setter and give our hitters a chance to beat the block,” Nykerk said. “It’s hard to win when you are sending the balls their way all the time.” Bernadette Pitre guided Palisade’s attack, posting a match-high 10 kills. Fortunately for the Demons, Glenwood was able to contain Pailsade’s top dog Meagan Bosch, who is second in state in kills averaging over four each game. The Demons held her to five all match with help from two Toni Gottschalck blocks and another two from Summer Sherman.

“We have four seniors and those four lead us truly and we are getting where we play more consistent,” said Palisade head coach Steve Hellmann. “Glenwood played really well and I didn’t know what to expect since they lost so much and they are really young this year, but they are really competitive and they did a good job.”Finding themselves down early in both of the first games, Glenwood put together small rallies, but never long enough to even the score. Finally in game three, Glenwood took its first lead when Palisade had a sideout and the Demons went up 5-4. The teams traded points and Glenwood hung close for a while until a six-point run by the Bulldogs put Palisade up 23-13. Glenwood scored two more points before Palisade ended the match.”We started off great and then we let them get some runs in,” said Demon Chelsea Vallario. “We just have to learn how to play through that and make comebacks like we do against other teams – like against Battle Mountain we had a great comeback and I think it’s just about playing more consistent and we can do that as a team, we just have to do it.”



Sherman led the Demons with eight kills, while Vallario and Heather Smyth each chipped in five.”I am proud of my team,” Vallario said. “We played well today and I think individually we had great games, it was just a little crazy for a while.” Glenwood will now have one day off before traveling to Delta for another WSL match at 1 p.m. on Saturday.


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