Demons get ’Dogged on the home volleyball court in straight-sets loss to league-leading Palisade
Post Independent correspondent
In a volleyball match that went by quicker than the blink of an eye, the Palisade Bulldogs defeated the Glenwood Demons in straight sets on Thursday night in a 4A Western Slope League contest at the Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.
The set scores of 25-11, 25-15, 25-16 were indicative of the Bulldogs’ dominance in both the offensive and defensive categories beginning to end.
Glenwood never led in the match, in large part due to the play of Palisade’s 6-foot-1 senior standout Kendyl MacAskill.
For much of the evening, the net was like the riffle of slow moving water in a stream where the big fish come to feed for the Bulldogs. Palisade made a habit of blocking Demon kill attempts and finding unoccupied areas of the floor for scores that thwarted any fleeting momentum that Glenwood was able to build.
Demons senior Reese Goluba managed to dig several Bulldog shots off the floor and junior Charlotte Olszewski contributed a couple of kills in the first set. But Glenwood was never able to mount a serious threat at the large Palisade lead.
The Demons faced just a 2-1 deficit to open the second set, but with junior Ella Yanowich giving the Bulldogs a solid stint at the service line, the visitors opened up a 12-4 lead, forcing Glenwood head coach Kehau Rust to take a timeout to try and stop the Palisade onslaught.
Following the stoppage in play, Demon junior Kenzie Winder brought her team to within 17-12 with a solid run of serves, and Olszewski popped down another hard spike. But, true to form, Palisade responded with blocks by MacAskill and fellow 6-footer Elizabeth Hawkins to keep Glenwood at bay.
The final set of the night followed much the same script as the previous two, with the Bulldogs jumping out to leads of 4-0 and 15-8. Winder had a powerful kill as the Demons refused to throw in the towel, but Glenwood was never able to get the deficit to a manageable spot in the latter stages of the set to make a legitimate comeback attempt.
“We have a lot to work on, but this is just our second game with a full roster,” Rust said. “We’re still working on how to be a team with our full team.”
Playing their final season in a Glenwood volleyball uniform, seniors Goluba, Emily DeMoraes, Avery Cole and Kiah Larson were honored before the game.
The Demons (3-4, 1-2 WSL) will be off until next Tuesday when they will make a trip to Edwards to face the Battle Mountain Huskies.
Other Thursday night preps action
Boys soccer: Battle Mountain 6, Rifle, 0; Telluride 2, CRMS 0.
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