Glenwood keeps Rifle down |

Glenwood keeps Rifle down

Sure, the effort was there, but it seemed like Glenwood Springs and Rifle had an eye toward the future rather than the present during Tuesday’s volleyball match.

“It was fun to play Rifle because they’re our rival and it was good to beat them,” said Glenwood’s Leah Hinkey of the 3-0 (25-11, 25-11, 25-10) win. Now, we’re getting excited to play Battle Mountain (next week) in our gym. That’s what we’re focusing on.”

The win keeps the 7-1 Demons (12-1 overall) in second place in the 4A Western Slope League, a game back of the WSL leading Huskies. Rifle, still searching for its first win of the 2005 season, falls to 0-8 and 0-12.

Back in the starting lineup for the first time since taking a weekend recruiting trip to the University of Tennessee, Hinkey made life easy for the Demons by rattling off seven of a game-high 14 kills in the first game.

Up by only two points early, Glenwood reeled off one of their patented scoring runs to distance themselves from a scrappy Bears team.

“It was hard to get the intensity up at the beginning,” Hinkey said. “But I think we did a good job.”

The Demons psyched themselves into high gear with a 6-2 scoring run to open a 14-8 lead. Glenwood dominated from then-on, outscoring Rifle 11-2 to win the first game by 13 points.

After the break between games, the Demons breezed through game two, also winning by 13, holding as high as a 12-point lead at one point.

To stem Glenwood’s momentum prior to the third game, Rifle coach Geneva Farr made some changes at the scoring table by inserting four substitute players.

And Farr’s lineup shift clicked.

Led by middle hitter Kendra Turza, the Bears took four one-point leads until an untimely rash of unforced errors and three Sydney Gribble serving aces spun the game back to Glenwood.

Both teams have home games Thursday. Glenwood hosts Steamboat Springs. Rifle plays Moffat County at the Bear Lair.

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