Demon spikers take fourth in home tourney
After winning its first two matches, the Glenwood Springs girls volleyball team lost its final two, earning a fourth-place finish out of eight teams in Friday and Saturday’s Demon Invitational.In the best-of-three-game tourney, the Demons topped Hotchkiss 25-22, 23-25 and 25-20 on Friday, then easily passed West Grand in two games by scores of 25-4 and 25-20 on Saturday morning.”For a team who hasn’t played together as a group, I saw a lot of good things,” head coach Scott Nykerk said. “They played hard. They had the bite on three of their four matches pretty hard, they did a good job fighting through those, and there was a lot of good stuff out there.”
With most of the players playing in their first varsity matches, setter Carly Stillman was happy with how the team came together. And having defensive specialist Avery Denney, who scooped up 11 digs on Saturday alone, to start the offense, helped the Demons out a lot.”We have some good hitters, and we have Avery back there, and she has really good passes so it is easy to set,” Stillman said.After winning the first two matches, the Demons faced Grand Junction Central for a chance to play in the championship game. Glenwood took the first game 25-22, but the Warriors tied up the match by winning the second game 25-21.
Toni Gottshalck, who at 5-foot-11 is the tallest Demon on the court, threw down three blocks in the third game, but it was no match for Central’s Andrea Davidvinch, who had five blocks and a kill, leading the Warriors to a 25-22 win.With the exception of West Grand, each team Glenwood faced had more height, but Gottshalck said that doesn’t scare the Demons. And as the tallest one, she is ready to take them on.”If they are taller than me, it just gives me more motivation to shut them down,” she said.
The loss to Central put Glenwood in a matchup against Pueblo East in a battle for third place. With the help of three big attackers, Lisa Jones, Jess Pitman and Jen Montoya, the Mustangs got off to a good start and took the first game 25-13. Glenwood fought back in game two, trading points with the Mustangs and even taking a 14-12 lead. Gottshalck kept on defending the net, this time posting five blocks in the match. Heather Smyth led the team with five kills, while Carly Stillman and Chelsea Vallario each added another four, but it wasn’t enough for Glenwood. Pitman recorded six kills and a block as Pueblo East pulled away with a 25-21 win.”We didn’t give up,” Stillman said. “We know what we need to work on now, so it’s good.”Grand Junction High School won the tournament, defeating Central 29-27, 25-27, 25-23.
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