Demon spikers fire up for playoff action
In playoff volleyball there’s pressure everywhere.The teams are better. The crowds are bigger. The stakes are higher.It’s an environment with which Glenwood Springs has experience. And head coach Denise Greene said the Demons thrive when the heat is on.By Phil SandovalPost Independent Staff
In playoff volleyball there’s pressure everywhere.The teams are better. The crowds are bigger. The stakes are higher.It’s an environment with which Glenwood Springs has experience. And head coach Denise Greene said the Demons thrive when the heat is on.That’s what the coach is banking on when Glenwood travels to Mountain View High School in Loveland for Saturday’s Class 4A Region D tournament.The two teams with the best record in the pool-play tournament advance to next week’s state championships at the Denver Coliseum.”When you get to regionals, it’s tough because all four teams are pretty close in talent,” Greene said.
The 18-5 Demons boast a strong lineup which includes frontliners Leah Hinkey and Leanna Lawson. They do, however, enter regionals a little beat up.Hinkey, Greene said, has been playing with a rib fracture. Kristy Collins has been relegated to the back row due to an injured ankle, and Lisa Saathoff, another key player, is out with mononucleosis.On the positive side, starting setter Cheree Carver, who’s been out of action for the last month, has been given the green light to play. The Demons also have familiarity in their favor, when it comes to opponents. Western Slope League rival Palisade is one of the three teams Glenwood plays Saturday.”We like having Palisade in the tournament,” Greene said. “At least we know them.”The Bulldogs have the best record of the four teams at 22-1. Palisade beat Glenwood in both of its regular-season meetings.
Among the other regional teams, host Mountain View enters as the regional favorite.The defending 4A state champs fashioned a 21-2 record to date and are led by senior Lindsey Steele, a 5-foot, 11 outside hitter, who, according to RockyPreps statistics, is the 4A’s kill leader with 398 in 76 games.Complementing Steele in the front are middle hitter Kayne Denboer, a 6-2 junior, and sophomore Lauren Massa. Falcon (15-8), the fourth team at Saturday’s regional tournament, has four seniors in its starting lineup which includes outside hitters Josie Galuska and Julie Givan.Action starts at 9 a.m. Saturday with Glenwood and Palisade facing off. The Demons take on Mountain View in the tournament’s fourth match and, if needed, Falcon in the fifth match.
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