Demon spikers down Delta in two games
If the power is there, it may as well get used.
The Glenwood Springs Demons volleyball team was stuck in neutral early Thursday night, but once Demons got in gear, their power game overwhelmed Delta.
After struggling through much of the first game in their 4A Western Slope League opener, the Demons downed Delta in straight games 15-11, 15-3 at the Glenwood High School gym to remain undefeated (7-0, 1-0 in WSL) on the season.
“We were a little off in the first game, more than a little off,” said Glenwood coach Michelle Guillot. “At the beginning the passing was off, which meant the sets were off and the hits were off. It was a snowball effect.”
The Demons jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the first game, but Delta took advantage of Glenwood miss-hits and mental errors to rattle off eight points for an 11-6 advantage.
“The first game we were really distracted,” senior hitter Alicia Hays said. “It was our first league game, our first (regular-season) home game and we have new uniforms which were a little distracting.
“We just needed to focus.”
And Hays was a big part of focusing the power.
The Demons, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A in the most recent Denver Post high school poll, chipped away at the lead.
Trailing 11-10, Hays notched back-to-back kills for a sideout and a point to tie the game at 11-all. After another sideout Hays, aided by strong play at the net by fellow hitter junior Amber Sutherland, served out the game. She punctuated the first stanza with an ace on game point.
“It came down to putting it all together,” Guillot said. “The players all pulled together.”
The “snowball effect” Guillot alluded to now tumbled in the opposite direction. With the Demon’s offense in overdrive, Delta’s primarily defensive style couldn’t hold up under the pressure of Glenwood’s net play.
The Demons trailed 2-0 before Sutherland, who’s playing with a leg injury, came alive and Glenwood tallied eight straight points for an 8-2 lead.
“That’s the good thing about this team,” Sutherland said. “We can all step up. We have a love for the game and everybody has a role.”
Sutherland had a match-high in kills with 14, followed by Hays with 11 kills. Junior Celeste Cashel finished with 29 helpers and added a pair of kills.
The Demons upped their lead to 10-3 before junior Tessie Tracy served out the final five points of the match.
Glenwood travels to Moffat County (1-3, 1-1 WSL) Saturday for their second Western Slope League contest of the season.
In other area volleyball, Moffat County downed Western Slope league foe Rifle 15-9, 15-7 in Rifle Thursday night. Rifle’s record drops to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in Western Slope League play.
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