Demons 6th at home tourney |

Demons 6th at home tourney

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Sean Lively saw enough positive play from his Glenwood Springs volleyball squad over the weekend that he knows time and practice will iron out the kinks.

“We’re a system team,” the first-year Demon coach said. “It’ll take a while for us to perfect it, but once it’s perfected, we’ll start winning games.”

Lively’s team won just once in four tries to take sixth place at Friday and Saturday’s Demon Invitational, Glenwood’s home tournament.

The Demons went 1-2 in pool play, edging Meeker 14-25, 25-13, 15-10 and losing to Aspen (25-17, 21-25, 15-13) and Grand Junction Central (25-15, 25-17).

That earned Glenwood, seeing its first official action of the season, a shot at Grand Junction in Saturday’s fifth-place match. After taking the first game 25-21, the Demons struggled with consistency in dropping the next two by counts of 25-21 and 15-7.

All signs of a team transitioning to a new style of play, Lively noted.

“It worked in doses,” he explained. “We just weren’t consistent. We have to get to the point where the girls are not letting each point get to them. This team has talent. We were competitive against each of the teams we played.”

Evidence: The Demons took all but Grand Junction Central, the eventual tourney champ, to three games.

The Demons (1-3) travel to Coal Ridge on Thursday.

Grand Junction Central stood tall above the field in Glenwood, rolling through its four matches without dropping as much as a single game.

The Warriors, now 5-0 on the three-day old volleyball season, faced West Grand in the final and made a team that entered the championship match look, well, bad.

Amy Kame ripped seven kills and Central’s setters, Nikki Keeling and Alyce Alrbright, combined on 10 assists to pace the Warriors through a 25-10, 25-12 win.

“We’re very happy with the girls,” said Central coach Beth Nelson, whose team also won last year’s Demon Invite. “We kept getting better every game.”

Kame just seemed thrilled to get in a heavy concentration of matches.

“It’s just good to get out there and get some games in,” she said. “I thought we communicated well today. Our setters did a good job of getting our team together.”

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