Demon spikers defeat feisty Rams |

Demon spikers defeat feisty Rams

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – In game one, it was hard to tell a Class 3A team was playing against a 4A team. The score was back and forth with Roaring Fork going up and then Glenwood Springs taking the lead until the Demons won it 26-24.By game three, there was no question who was the 4A squad as the Glenwood volleyball team downed the Rams 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-13) on Tuesday night in a non-league match.Roaring Fork came out battling however, even controlling most of game one.”We are just trying to work on all the details that can bring us so close together,” said Roaring Fork head coach Sarah Hyatt. “They did a really good job at the beginning, and I think it is a very challenging thing for them, but I was proud of them from the beginning.”When Glenwood edged the Rams for a game one victory, the momentum was carried over into game two. Glenwood’s tall line of Kelsie Hert, Toni Gottschalck and Chelsea Vallario started throwing down kills and blocks as the Demons began to pull away.In game three, Glenwood went up 7-1 and never looked back. Roaring Fork put together a few short rallies, led by Nikki Smeins, Leslie French and Landon Garvik, but Glenwood was too much to overcome. Especially with four kills from Vallario and three each from Hert and Kelly Lawson. “The first two games we were kinda sluggish, but the third one felt good,” Hert said after the match.Glenwood’s control got much sharper toward the end of the match.”We started doing our plays,” said Glenwood head coach Scott Nykerk.”We went into it wanting to run some of our plays and to just play solid volleyball and advancing from jungle volleyball, as coach calls it,” Hert said of the team’s attitude toward the game.Despite the short 10-mile distance between the two schools, Nykerk said Glenwood doesn’t look at the match as a rivalry.”We don’t look at it as a rivalry because we don’t play them enough,” he said. “We just wanted to run our plays and get ready for Steamboat.”Glenwood, which is now 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the Class 4A Western Slope League, will be hosting Steamboat on Thursday for what looks to be a good matchup.The Rams, who fell to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the Class 3A Western Slope League, will be on the road on Friday to take on Hotchkiss in a league battle. So far this season, Hyatt is happy with what she has seen from her team.”They have come way far from the beginning of the season,” she said.

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