Demons fall to Bulldogs
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Despite 14 kills from junior Taryn Pearce, Glenwood Springs fell in 4 thrilling games to Palisade (27-29, 27-25, 24-26, 19-25), Thursday night.
After watching his team’s most exciting match to date, head coach Sean Lively was extremely proud of the Demons’ effort.
“We really fought hard,” Lively said. “I’m very proud of my girls. We’re gonna be a team to beat at the end of the year.
“I can’t complain about a match like that.”
The Demons made an outstanding effort all match long as the Palisade Bulldogs poured on the pressure with strong net play (both blocks and kills), the Demons never gave up.
It began with game one. After controlling the majority of the game, the Bulldogs crept to within three points, the score 24-21. With the serve, Palisade completed an improbable comeback, scoring 4 straight points to take the 25-24 lead.
The energy on both sides was palpable as each team fired itself up, the crowd rose to its feet to cheer on their school. For five points the teams went back and forth, trading shots like a great tennis volley. Palisade held the break point advantage each time and finally put the Demons away with a pin-point kill shot.
“We really just wanted to play as a team,” said Demons junior Catlyn Bowles in reference to her team’s tough loss in the exciting first game.
“We are unbeatable when we play as a team. [At the end] it became hard to keep up the intensity level and we got out of our flow just a little bit.”
Glenwood remained focused, though, after dropping a game they had controlled.
They bounced back fiercely, coming out strong in game two and rallying to win 27-25.
After two straight tie-breaker games, it seemed as if this match would go right down to the wire, with either squad pulling out a gutsy win in five games. In the end, Palisade was too tough.
The Bulldogs utilized some outstanding front-line play as they took control in game three and finished off the Demons in 4.
Palisade finished with 37 kills, 4 aces and 4 blocks while Glenwood had 45 kills, 10 aces and seven blocks. The Bulldogs were paced by junior Amy Austin who had eight kills and senior Chelsea Lorimor with seven.
“[Palisade] was great tonight, they really fought with us,” praised Lively.
Senior Kelly Lawson had a great game for the Demons, notching 11 kills, three aces and a block while fellow senior Toni Gottschalk was also a force, contributing seven kills, two aces and 4 blocks in the tough loss.
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