Coal Ridge takes down Glenwood Springs in first match of the year
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
NEW CASTLE, Colorado ” Chloe Nelson leaped high, swung her right arm ferociously and slammed yet another ball through the outstretched arms of the Demons’ defense for one of her nine kills. Then she turned around and slapped hands with her Titan teammates as they celebrated their three game sweep over Glenwood Springs, 25-23, 25-15 and 25-16.
Coal Ridge (1-0) utilized a strong service game that saw them net 12 aces (to their opponent’s two) and an extremely stout front line to shut an ever improving Glenwood squad out.
“It was our first match so we had to get over the first game jitters,” said Coal Ridge head coach Denise Green. “I thought we did a good job of that and our focus is always to take one point at a time.”
Nelson, a senior, led the Titans statistically with the previously mentioned nine kills while adding three aces and a block to go with it. Also contributing for the Titans was senior Kaitlin Moeller with five aces, two blocks and a kill. Fellow senior Sierra Grove finished with three kills, three blocks and two aces. Britney Smith had four blocks and two kills.
The first game was the closest as both teams felt their opponent out. After being tied at 10, Coal Ridge edged out ahead 20-19 before eventually prevailing 25-23.
The second game was never as competitive as the first as the Titans sprinted out to a 6-0 lead. The Demons would fight back gamely to pull to within three points at 9-6, but Nelson and company were just too much in the end and the Titans went on an 8-0 run to take a 20-10 lead before closing Glenwood out, 25-15.
The Demons put up a courageous fight in the beginning of the third game, getting on the board first and holding a couple of early leads. Yet again, though, they faltered, succumbing to more mistakes and some quality serving from the Titans.
“It was a much better showing for us than the tournament,” said Demons head coach Sean Lively afterwards. “We need to focus on getting our passing better, but I’m proud of the girls because we’ve gone through lots of changes, and they did fine. It was a good learning experience for us.
“I’d much rather have this game early on.”
Leading the way for the Demons were senior Kelly Lawson (five kills, an ace and four blocks), senior Hannah Thimsen (six blocks), senior Toni Gottschalck (five blocks and four kills), junior Taryn Pearce (four kills) and junior Leah Mansfield kept the team going many times with several nice digs and good passing.
The star of the game, however, was Nelson as she controlled the net with her powerful spiking and blocking ability.
“[Chloe] has a lot of natural ability and she works extremely hard out there,” Greene said. “She brings a lot of intensity out on the court and just always takes one point at a time.”
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