Demon spikers stay perfect, win regional tourney
Post Independent Staff
When faced with the prospect of losing on its home court, Glenwood Springs just said no.
In the final match of Saturday’s Region B high school volleyball tournament, Windsor pushed the Demons girls to a fifth game for the first time this season. But, facing a 7-all tie in the final game, Glenwood refused to fold, forging a 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 18-25, 15-8) come-from-behind win.
“The team was talking about this being our last game on this floor, and we didn’t want to let them beat us in our own house,” said Amber Sutherland.
“And we came back with a lot of determination.”
With the match and their undefeated record hanging by a thread, the Demons took over.
Leanna Lawson’s spike broke the tie and the Demons went on to record a 15-8 win over the Wizards to earn the regional title, and, more importantly, a probable high seed at next week’s 4A state tournament in Denver.
“We showed we could play with the best and they can’t look down on the Western Slope anymore,” Sutherland said.
The Wizards also advance to the state tournament with a 2-1 second-place record at the regional tournament.
Glenwood took a 2-1 game lead on back-to-back wins after losing to Windsor in the match’s opening set.
Sutherland paced the attack against the Wizards with 19 kills, but other members of the Demon front row also made key contributions.
Lawson had 12 kills and Leah Hinkey added 11. Two of Hinkey’s spikes stretched Glenwood’s lead from one to three points after Lawson’s tie-breaking kill in the fifth game.
Until the final match the Demons had few problems with their prior opponents.
Glenwood posted 3-0 sweeps over Pueblo Centennial (25-8, 25-18, 25-19) and Fort Morgan (25-20, 25-18, 25-19).
“The first match was critical,” said Demon coach Denise Greene. “When Windsor beat Fort Morgan, we knew we had to beat Fort Morgan to be in.”
“The girls really stepped up in the Fort Morgan match. It was the best we’ve played all season.”
“After that emotion, it was kind of tough to re-up after that,” Greene continued. “But the girls didn’t want to lose on their home court and they weren’t going to let anything slip away.”
Sutherland had team-highs of 15 kills in the Fort Morgan match and 14 against Pueblo Centennial. Kelly Hauskins had nine kills in both wins against Windsor and Fort Morgan.
In other matches, Windsor downed Fort Morgan, 3-2 (25-20, 19-25, 25-15, 20-25, 15-12) and Pueblo Centennial, 3-0 (25-8, 25-12, 25-14).
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.