Glenwood goes 4-0 at home tourney
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The way the home crowd roared with every big play or rose to its feet every time match point came up, you would have thought it were a playoff match.
Or at least a league match.
But drama is par for the course when Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs square off on the volleyball court, and Saturday proved no exception.
Meeting in the championship match of Glenwood’s annual Demon Invitational, the home crowd had plenty to cheer about. Rallying from a game down, its Demons scored a 16-25, 25-17, 19-17 win over the Sailors to polish off a 4-0 weekend showing.
“I’m telling you, I can’t think of the last time we had a lopsided match with Glenwood,” Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said. “It doesn’t matter who’s where in the league or who’s got an edge. It just seems like we always have good matches with them.”
Hall’s words were in no way hyperbolic.
After splitting the title match’s first two games, the Demons and the size-blessed Sailors traded punches – and lots of them – in the 15-point third game.
Twelve ties and nine lead changes went down before Glenwood put the match away with a Lexie Warkentin block and a Steamboat net violation.
“Mentally and physically, they’re scrappy,” Demons coach Amber Sutherland said of her girls. “They played a smart game.”
And a smart game is what they needed against the Sailors’ assortment of tall hitters.
“It doesn’t matter how tall someone is,” Sutherland said. “If you can take them out of their game, you’ll come out on top.”
“We wanted it so bad,” Glenwood senior Taryn Pearce said. “Everybody wanted to win. They’re always one of our bigger rivals.”
Pearce led the Demons with eight kills, routinely soaring through the air to set up big swings. Warkentin chipped in with six kills and Kenzi Caple had five.
Colleen King, who’s been battling mononucleosis since mid-summer, led the Sailors with nine kills.
“She’s been sick since early July, so hopefully she’s at the tail end of it,” Hall said. “She played more today than I thought she could. She’s been doing 20-minute practices for the last three weeks, and no conditioning.”
It didn’t show. King was a force against Glenwood, walloping big kills en masse and serving a long string of points that drove the Sailors to victory in the first game.
“She makes everybody a little bit better out there,” Hall said of her prized setter. “Everybody loves playing around her.”
Next up for the Demons is a Thursday match with visiting Coal Ridge. Steamboat doesn’t play again until a Sept. 17 trip to, of all places, Glenwood Springs.
“We have a couple weeks before our next game and guess where we play?” Hall joked. “Right back here.”
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