Defiance 18s capture tournament crown |

Defiance 18s capture tournament crown

Post Independent Photo/Kelley CoxRobin Child of the Defiance Volleyball Club drives a spike against the Grand Junction Knights during Sunday's Defiance Volleyball Club 2004 Open Tournament at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. The Defiance 18s took the tournament title.

For the first time in the six-year history of the Defiance Volleyball Club Open Tournament, the home team took top honors in the 18-year-old division.

The Defiance 18s, made up of players from Glenwood Springs and the surrounding communities, downed the Vail Avalanche in two tight games 26-24, 26-24 to earn the crown Sunday. The Defiance won a hard-fought 25-17, 23-25, 15-11 victory over the Grand Junction Knights in the semifinals.

The Defiance 16s also played in the 18-year-old division, downing the club mates Defiance 17s in the Division II bracket before losing to the eventual champion Eagle Lightning 17s in the consolation semifinals.

In the 17-year-old division, the Defiance Meeker squad advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division I bracket before being eliminated. The Grand Junction 16s defeated Loveland in straight games in the championship match of the Division I 17s.

In the 17s Division II bracket, both Basalt and the Defiance 15s fell in the quarterfinal round. Basalt lost 25-17, 25-22 to eventual bracket champion Uncompahgre, while the Defiance 15s lost 25-15, 25-14 to the Grand Junction Knights.

The Vail Avalanche earned a sweep in the 14s bracket, with the Avalanche 14-2 team defeating the Avalanche 14-1 squad 25-17, 28-26 in the championship match.

Defiance also had a pair of teams in the 14s tournament, Both Defiance squads were eliminated by the Vail teams, with the Defiance 14-1 dropping its match against the Avalanche 14-1 in the semifinals and Defiance 14-2 falling to the Avalanche 14-2 in the quarters.

The Basalt 14s advanced to the semifinals before losing to the Avalanche 14-2.

The two-day club tournament featured 32 teams playing at Basalt Middle School, Carbondale High School, Glenwood Springs High School and the Glenwood Springs Community Center last weekend.

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