Demons spikers will stick with their style in regional rounds |

Demons spikers will stick with their style in regional rounds

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson Glenwood's Cheree Carver bumps the ball during Thursday's volleyball practice at Glenwood Springs High School.

Game by game and match by match. The formula has worked for Glenwood Springs so far.And the Demons hope that approach continues to reap benefits as Glenwood travels to Sterling High School for Saturday’s Class 4A Region A tournament.”Our focus is to play our game, regardless of who we’re playing,” said setter Cheree Carver. “At practice this week, we’ve been trying to intensify everything. Everybody’s trying to do their to best to get pumped up for this weekend.”With two familiar teams in Palisade and Sterling among the four-team regional field, motivation should come easily for the Demons. Glenwood, currently 21-2, defeated league foe Palisade, 3-0, twice this season. The rematch against 23-0 Sterling has been brewing for a year.

The host Tigers, seeded No. 1 of the remaining 16 teams vying in regional tournaments Saturday, ended Glenwood’s season with a 3-1 loss in pool play at the 2004 state tournament.”I think we all kind of have it out for Sterling because they beat us last year,” Carver said. “I think it’s a good competitiveness that will give us some fire to play well against them.”Still, Carver noted, she and the Demons won’t take Palisade or Niwot (9-13) – the Region A’s fourth-seed team – lightly. That’s where Glenwood’s match-by-match philosophy helps keep the team focused.”We’re trying to take it match by match. We really want to make sure that we beat Palisade and Niwot, then, ultimately, beat Sterling,” Carver said.

To do that, the Demons have to play their game, Carver added. Which means pounding the ball through their opponents.To Carver, it’s a matter of making good passes and sets for the Demons main hitters – Leah Hinkey and Leanna Lawson.Both players are among the state’s leading hitters according to Rocky Preps.”We’re an offensive team and we know what we need to do on our side of the net,” said Carver. “We know it’s all working when everybody’s playing together and playing as unit – that’s what we need to do against any team that we play.”

The top two teams in each regional tournament advance to next week’s two-day state tournament at the Denver Coliseum.A state tournament berth is enough to drive most teams. Glenwood has another motivating factor.All six of the Demon starters have played together as a unit since seventh grade, through middle school, then as high schoolers or on club teams.And, none of the starters want to see that association end prematurely.”Our focus is to get as far as we can in this last season we will all be together,” said Carver. “We want to make it as memorable as we can.”

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