Demons knock off Sailors in four games
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado – Big blocks and big swings made the difference for the Glenwood Springs High School volleyball team Thursday night.Each game was close, but the Demons maintained their composure and their power to the end and waltzed out of Steamboat Springs with a 3-1 victory.”They just found the floor more often than us,” Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said. “Our defense played well. Our ball control was good and we fought really hard. I was super happy with the effort, but their offense was finding the floor more than ours.””That effort kept the Sailors close throughout the night. Every game was tied or within a point midway through, but every time but one Glenwood got big and pulled away for the victory. The Demons won, 25-19, 25-21, 25-27, 25-20.The Sailors were led by Alex Feeley, who finished with 11 kills, but the way Glenwood dealt with her and Steamboat’s other big swingers was the deciding factor. The Demons controlled the net when they had to, putting up crushing blocks that slowed Steamboat.In fact, the fourth set’s final point was illustrative of the entire match: senior Kenzie Nelson-Buehler rose above the net and knocked down a big Sailor kill attempt, locking up the win.”We worked on that all week,” Glenwood coach Sarah Ryan said. “I told them, ‘Great job with the blocking. It paid off.’ That’s something we’ve been having a hard time with.”Ryan pointed to right-side hitter Mikaela Richardson and setter Delaney Gaddis as her team’s top players on the night.Steamboat, meanwhile, also got good play from Mikaila Jegtvig, who had seven kills, and Shannon Ross, who provided five blocks.The win bumps Glenwood to 7-3 and 4-0 in the league while Steamboat slipped to 7-6 and 2-3.
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