Demon comeback falls short
GYPSUM – The Demons did it again.After erasing a two-game deficit, Glenwood came up just short in the fifth and final game against Eagle Valley Saturday in Gypsum.”We do it a lot,” said Glenwood coach Scott Nykerk. “We’ve come back from two down twice and lost in the fifth set. We’re up and down.”The Demons overcame some early errors and started to make the right moves as the match progressed, although the Devils fed off some big blocks by middle hitter Ashley Rohweder to finish things off, 25-20, 25-20, 19-25, 20-25, 15-10.Rohweder, a state champion in the 300-meter hurdles, had two solo blocks and a kill as the Devils moved ahead 14-8 before Glenwood fended off a pair of match points.”She took over,” Eagle Valley coach Rob Crawford said. “She had two blocks that she didn’t have any business being near. With state-champion speed, she got out there and made good blocks.”It could have been a short match for Glenwood had the Demons not shored up their defense and cut down on hitting and serving errors.”That’s what they do – they come back,” Nykerk said of his squad. “I’d like to see a more steady level of play, but it just wasn’t there all night.”After falling victim to several Eagle Valley tips in the first two games, Glenwood picked up most tips and dumps and even turned the tables and threw a few over to the Devils.”That was one of the adjustments we were trying to make starting at the end of the first game,” Nykerk said.The Demons spread out their offense among all hitters, with Toni Gottschalck, Kelsie Hert and Chelsea Vallario picking up their share of kills.”In the first two games, everyone was down, then in the second two, everyone started picking it up with all the kills,” Nykerk said.Eagle Valley’s Whitney VanVoorst lead all players with 13 kills. The Devils, who have seen a few leads turn into losses this season, were glad to pull out the homecoming win.”Because we went into our funk and came out of our funk, that was a huge hurdle for us,” Crawford said. “We haven’t done that this year. We got over it tonight. You know, if we’d won three (games) in a row, we wouldn’t have gotten to know we could come out of the funk.”The loss drops Glenwood to 4-4 in the 4A Western Slope and 8-5 overall. Thursday, the Demons host Palisade at 6:30 p.m.
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