Demon spikers’ comeback falls short against Devils
The Glenwood Springs girls volleyball team made a gallant effort to try and overcome a two-games-to-none deficit on Saturday afternoon against the visiting Devils from Eagle Valley, but the comeback came up just short as the Demons dropped a marathon 25-21, 25-12, 20-25, 18-25, 15-9 match.Glenwood seniors Carly Stillman, Jessica Betts, Kelsie Hert, Chelsea Vallario and Avery Denney played their final game in the Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium. The seniors are a group that coach Scott Nykerk has enjoyed working with.”They’re a good group and a fun group to coach,” said Nykerk. “Every single one of them has been very coachable.”Make no mistake, though, the season is not over for Glenwood. In spite of the loss, the Demons (9-10 overall, 5-9 in the 4A Western Slope League) will likely take the No. 5 seed into next weekend’s district tournament at Battle Mountain High School. Eagle Valley (10-9 overall, 7-7) will also be there, with the league’s No. 4 seed.Heading into tournament play, Nykerk feels his team is very close to being very good. It’s just a matter of finding better consistency on the court and believing in their physical abilities.”We’ve had many five-game matches this year. The problem is that we have lost most of them. The best teams in the league, we’ve played them all very close,” said Nykerk. “It’s just a matter of believing we can do it.”The matter of consistency haunted the Demons in the first two games against their foes from Gypsum. Nykerk lamented this fact afterward.”Give credit to Eagle Valley’s defense, it was good,” said the coach. “We had more hitting errors than kills in the first two games. We started picking things up at the end of the first game, but then dropped our level of play in the second.”Behind the steady net play of Vallario and Hert, the Demons won the third and fourth games and seemed to have the all-important factor in volleyball on their side – momentum.But, in the final game, with junior Kelsey Foster and the rest of the Devils doing a solid job of blocking Vallario at the net, Eagle Valley swept out to a quick 12-6 lead – a deficit the home team could not overcome.If he could, coach Nykerk would like to bottle up what he saw from his Demons in games three and four and take it with him to districts.”In those two games, everything was quick,” he said. “The passing really came around and we served and received much better.”Glenwood will find out its upcoming opponents and match times at the Western Slope League meeting of coaches on Monday.
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Six members of the Glenwood Springers Track and Field Club traveled to Aurora July 10-11 to compete in the Colorado State Junior Olympic Meet with coach Anne Swanson.