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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.
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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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