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Vail Daily/Preston UtleyGlenwood Springs' Leah Hinkey attempts to block a spike by Mountain View's Sarah Carson, during Glenwood's 3-0 loss the the Mountain Lions Friday at the 4A state volleball tournament in Denver.
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DENVER On Wednesday, Leah Hinkey said if the Demons played Cheyenne Mountain again, they could beat them. Turns out, she was right.Glenwood Springs lost 3-1 when they faced the Indians on Oct. 29, but in Friday’s Class 4A state volleyball tournament at the Denver Coliseum, the outcome was much different.

The Demons came out ready to play. They came out intense. And they came out with a 3-0 win (25-21, 25-14, 26-24) over Cheyenne Mountain.”We knew that we had to step it up,” senior middle blocker Leanna Lawson said. “If we lost, it would be our last time playing that mattered.”After losing its first match 3-0 (25-15, 25-12 and 25-19) to Mountain View Friday morning, Glenwood entered its second match with a whole new attitude.”We passed the ball extremely well, and when you pass well, it sets up great hitting,” Glenwood head coach Scott Nykerk said of his team’s upgraded performance form the earlier match. “We improved our net play and we had much better blocks.”Glenwood came out attacking the net and staying even with the Indians as both teams traded points back-and-forth, even late into the game.”We were very intense,” Lawson said. “We played as a team.”With Cheyenne Mountain ahead 19-18, senior Courtney Sutherland slammed a kill to tie up the game. Hinkey followed with a tap that dropped to the floor, giving Glenwood a lead it never lost.

Game two started much the same, with the lead switching frequently. The Indians once again held a one-point advantage, but this time Hinkey blocked a spike to tie the game at nine. Lawson then served up an ace and the Demons started a 12-2 run, never giving the Indians a chance to get back in the game.Lawson raked up the last two points, one with another ace and the last with a kill that would have measured high on a radar gun.Knowing that it was do or die, the Indians rolled out to an 8-5 lead in game three. Just as they were gaining momentum, three consecutive spikes by Hinkey, Kristy Collins, and Lawson tied the game at eight.The game stayed close the rest of the way, with neither team taking a lead greater than three points. Senior outside hitter Tobie Rippy stepped up against the Indians, diving to dig fierce serves from Cheyenne Mountain’s Caitlin Risk. She helped keep the Demons in the game and recorded four kills and four blocks in the match. Ahead 24-23, Cheyenne Mountain returned a ball out of bounds and Glenwood took advantage. Lawson fired another ace, putting the Demons up by one and bringing the match victory within one point. Although the Indians fought with a hard rally, the ball bounced off a player and out of bounds and it was celebration time for Glenwood.”We played as a team,” Hinkey said. “It was so much fun and I think that is the most important part. If you have fun, you play better.”Hinkey ended the match with 19 kills and three blocks, while Lawson had 14 kills, seven blocks and two aces.



A different team was on the court in the tournament opener against Mountain View. The Demons came out flat, letting the Mountain Lions take control of the game early.The first game went by fast, with Mountain View winning 25-15. The Mountain Lions then went on a 9-1 run in the middle of a game two that was over before it started.Game three showed much of the same, and any momentum the Demons picked up was quickly quieted by the Mountain Lions. Mountain View’s Sarah Carson and Karyn Denboer recorded five blocks each, shutting down Glenwood’s offense and holding Hinkey to 10 kills and Lawson to eight.After the game, Hinkey said that the team just wasn’t its usual self.”We were all nervous and shaking and we just needed to relax,” Hinkey said.But the Demons found their game against the Indians and now their state title hopes remain alive. Glenwood plays the most important game of the year against Battle Mountain this morning in the last game of pool play. A victory over Battle Mountain, which is 0-2 in the tournament, will likely lead to a berth in the semifinal round.But the Demons found their game against the Indians and now their state title hopes remain alive. Glenwood plays the most important game of the year against Battle Mountain this morning in the last game of pool play. A victory over Battle Mountain, which is 0-2 in the tournament, will likely lead to a berth in the semifinal round.


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