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Demon spikers are going to state

Phil Sandoval

News flash: The Demons are in the state tournament!The Demons were not given their due in Sunday’s paper, with a story claiming they missed a playoff berth.The opposite turned out to be true.Although the route Glenwood took to advance itself out of Saturday’s Class 4A Region D tournament was a tad unconventional, it was exciting – and somewhat confusing.Glenwood, Palisade and Falcon all finished the pool-play tournament with identical 1-2 records. That, according to Demons coach Denise Greene, forced a three-way, one-game, sudden-death playoff robin-robin among the three schools for the lone available state berth remaining.Host Mountain View made it easy on itself, winning all three of its pool-play games earlier Saturday.Not so for all the other teams at the regional. The three squads had to put in some overtime on the court to earn a spot at the big show.The Demons relished the idea.”The girls were excited about it,” Greene said. “They liked the idea of playing in a sudden-death game.” Falcon fell to the Demons in the first match, 25-22.Next up was league foe Palisade.The odds favored the Bulldogs, who had beaten Glenwood 3-1 (26-24, 23-25, 25-9, 25-17) earlier in the day, and had won both league matches between in the regular season. That wasn’t the case this time.”It was close all along,” Greene said. “The game went back and forth until we went ahead 22-20.” The teams exchanged a pair of sideouts afterward, but the Demons eventually held and extended the lead in a 25-22 victory to earn them their second straight state appearance.The Demons (19-7) were seeded eighth by the state volleyball tournament committee in the eight-team Class 4A state tournament, which starts at 8 a.m. Friday with pool-play matches at the Denver Coliseum.The Demons (19-7) were seeded eighth by the state volleyball tournament committee in the eight-team Class 4A state tournament, which starts at 8 a.m. Friday with pool-play matches at the Denver Coliseum.


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