Bulldogs sweep depleted Demons spikers
PALISADE – The uniforms the Demons wore Thursday night were the same as always. But that’s about all that was normal for Glenwood Springs when they faced off against Palisade.With starting setter Cheree Carver on the bench with a kidney infection, plus three other regulars nursing various injuries, the Demons were forced to alter their style and rotation.And Palisade took advantage of Glenwood’s tweaked lineup with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-21) sweep. “Injuries are part of the game. You have to be able to adjust, and that’s how it goes,” said Demon coach Denise Greene.”We completely switched our lineup for the first two games just to see if we could get some points,” Greene said. “That didn’t work out. We went back to our regular lineup in the third game, but, its kind of hard when you’re down 2-0 and your regular setter is out.”The Bulldogs feasted as Glenwood adjusted to its new lineup in the first two games.”It was a little different than our game (preparations), but we did all right,” Bulldogs senior Kaela Hellmann said. “We moved our defenders back and we had to be ready for the outside.”Palisade, which raised its league mark to 11-0, made the defensive shift with ease.The Bulldogs led by 10 points at one point in first game and distanced themselves with a 5-0 run, when the Demons pulled within three points midway into the second game.In the third game Glenwood got as close as possible to its regular rotation and managed to raise some concern in the Bulldogs, but it was too late.A late four-point rally put Glenwood in striking distance at 23-19 before Palisade finished off the match.Glenwood’s big hitters, Leah Hinkey and Leanna Lawson, posted good numbers with 10 and 5 kills, respectively. But with sophomore Angie Barber in at setter, both front-liners had to change their attack styles.Instead of pounding the ball at the net, Hinkey and Lawson scored many of their points on dinks and running floaters from the middle of the attack zone.The Palisade win puts the Bulldogs in a position to clinch the Western Slope League title by winning one of their three remaining league matches.Glenwood (8-3 WSL, 12-4 overall) sinks to third place in the league standings, a game back of Steamboat Springs, which swept Eagle Valley Thursday.The Demons have their league third match this week Saturday at home against Delta.The Demons have their league third match this week Saturday at home against Delta.
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The 40th annual Demon Invitational track and field meet takes place Saturday, May 15 at Stubler Memorial Field.