Demons still working the kinks out
To hear both coaches, both Glenwood Springs’ and Steamboat’s volleyball teams have some work ahead of them.”I thought we executed pretty well,” Demons head coach Denise Greene said after securing a 3-1 win over the visiting Sailors on Saturday. “Steamboat’s a good team and they made some great plays, but I don’t think we’re at our peak yet.”Likewise, Steamboat coach Wendy Hall felt good about some stretches the Sailors had in the third and fourth games after falling behind 2-0. But she said her team needs to develop consistency to challenge strong teams like Glenwood.”I don’t think we’re ready to play at this level yet,” Hall said. “This was just our fourth match of the season, and we haven’t faced an opponent this strong. It took us a while to adjust to the speed of their play. I don’t think we were ready for that pace, and we got off to a slow start.”
Don’t tell that to the Class 4A Western Slope League leading Demons, who raised their league record to 3-0 and 8-0 overall Saturday.Steamboat gave them plenty of fits in games one and two. Down by seven in the latter stages in the opening game, Steamboat pulled within three points of the Demons lead until a Leah Hinkey spike earned Glenwood a 25-21 win.Hinkey and another front-liner, Leanna Lawson, both had key roles in the victory. Hinkey finished with a game-high 25 kills. Lawson followed with 18.Both players sparked the Demons to their biggest margin of victory, a seven-point, 25-18 win in game two.
Then Steamboat awakened.”I felt at times that we turned the corner,” Hall said of the Sailors’ 25-22 third-game win, which pared Glenwood’s lead in half. “But for some reason we couldn’t maintain it. Every time I felt we were making a run, we had a few critical errors that would break that up for us and you just can’t do that against good teams.”Deep into game four, Steamboat appeared to have the Demons on the ropes.Kills by Katie Mills and Hestia Chase gave the Sailors a 14-11 lead, forcing Greene into calling timeout to regroup.The Demons scored five of the next six points out of the break to regain the lead, only to have Steamboat nose its way back to a 20-18 advantage after a Mills spike, only to have an unforced error stall the momentum.
Tina Roberts cross-court set was in reach of teammate Shannon King. But the sophomore let the ball fall untouched to the floor for a 20-all tie.Steamboat lost its lead for good on the next play when Kristyn Bradbury’s hit sailed beyond the end line.Hinkey had all four of Glenwood’s kills in the Demons’ final 4-0 spurt to win the match.”Leah’s kill on the front row got all the momentum back for us,” Greene said. Glenwood forced Steamboat into 24 unforced hitting errors and had 12 service aces.The Demons host winless Rifle Thursday night at GSHS’s Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.The Demons host winless Rifle Thursday night at GSHS’s Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.
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