Demons lose thriller to Sailors |

Demons lose thriller to Sailors

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

After the match, the adrenaline pumping through Avery Denney’s body caused her hands trembling so bad it almost made her whole body shake.It was to be expected after the Glenwood Springs volleyball player and her teammates played their best match of the season thus far in an on-the-edge-of-your seat thriller on Thursday night where Steamboat pulled away with a 3-2 (25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 21-25, 15-10).That’s just how volleyball is when the teams in red take the court.

“How many times has Steamboat come over to Glenwood and you have both teams just battling? We have just had some knock-down, drag outs at this gym and it is just fun to come here,” said Steamboat head coach Wendy Hall. “I really felt like win or lose tonight, we fought hard, Glenwood fought hard and it was fun to watch.”Steamboat came out on fire, winning the first two games, with nasty kills from Katy Gary.”We really were ready to play,” Hall said. “We haven’t been that way so it was a really nice change for us to come out really focused and hot.”Then Glenwood stepped up. Toni Gottschalck stood tall at the net, blocking Sailor attacks and Chelsea Vallario led the Demon offense with high-speed kills to win games three and four.

“It is awesome. We are so proud of the team that we did it,” said Denney, who had four aces as Libero for the Demons. “I just can’t believe what we did. Being down 2-0 in a varsity match is really hard to come back from.””When you come back from 0-2 you can’t complain and the level of play was much higher than it has been all season,” added Glenwood head coach Scott Nykerk.Every Demon was doing her part to get Glenwood back in the match, with Avery Denney and Carly Stillman playing lights-out defense, Jessica Betts and Billie McCauly diving for digs and Kelly Lawson attacking the net with monstrous kills.”That’s Glenwood volleyball. That’s what we are used to playing,” Nykerk said. “We lost, but we learned from it and saw what level we can play at. And if we can play at that level and compete like that, we’ll be all right.”

Then came game five. Steamboat quickly took a 3-0 lead, but Glenwood rallied back to tie it. Then Heidi Lord and Gary made big kills for the Sailors as they took an 11-6 lead. The Demons were able to put together a few short rallies, but not enough to complete the come back.Vallario led the Demons with 11 kills, while Lawson totaled 10 and Gottschalck, who posted six blocks, had seven kills. Glenwood kept up its strong serving, throwing down 14 aces compared to only two from Steamboat. Gary led the Sailors (3-1 Class 4A Western Slope League, 7-2 overall) with 12 kills and had both of their aces, while Collen King blocked six Demon attacks.The Demons (3-1 WSL, 7-2 overall) will now hit the road to take on Moffat County at 1 p.m. in Craig.

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