Demons’ power game too much for Moffat County
CRAIG ” The Moffat County volleyball team knew where Glenwood Springs’ All-State middle blocker, Leah Hinkey, was going to go every time on offense. But as the saying goes, “Knowing is half the battle.”
Hinkey had 16 kills as the Demons defeated the Bulldogs 3-1 (25-18, 21-25,25-10, 25-17).
With Hinkey up front to start every game, the Demons jumped out to early leads all four times. With Hinkey in the back row, the Bulldogs rallied to get back in the match in all but the third game.
In the third game, the Demons held Moffat from scoring on a serve.
“We did well getting sideouts today,” Glenwood coach Scott Nykerk said. “The best way to win a match is to sideout quickly.”
Moffat coach Becky Jackson was disappointed in her team’s inability to score after a sideout.
“Today we had a lot of what I call controlled environment errors,” she said.” We made service mistakes and we caused our own problems.”
The Bulldogs finished the day with 10 service errors.
In the first meeting of the two teams, Glenwood won in three games but they were all closely contested. Despite losing a game this time, Nykerk said his girls were more in control this time around.
“I really felt we controlled the match,” he said. “They started tipping and we lost some ball control in the second game but we recovered well.”
In the second game Moffat County scored eight consecutive points off of senior April Sanchez’s serve. They went from trailing 8-13 to leading 16-13.
Four Demon hitting errors helped the rally. Moffat kept the Demons at a distance the rest of the game for the win.
Other than that game, Jackson wondered where here team’s intensity was.
“The girls didn’t have the same intensity as the first match,” she said. “We didn’t rebound after losing a point.”
Hinkey made it tough for them to rebound. She started the game with two powerful kills and the rest of her team continued to get the ball to her the rest of the match.
Next up for the Demons, 9-1 WSL, 14-1 overall, is the rematch of their only loss of the season. They host league-leading Battle Mountain Thursday at 9:30 p.m.
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