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Glenwood overpowers Bears in volleyball sweep

Phil Sandoval
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Leah Hinkey, left, for Glenwood Springs hits the ball over Rifle's Brittanie Conrardy, right, during Thursday night's game at Rifle. GSHS won, 3-0.
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RIFLE – The goal of every team is to improve. And improvement in a team can be measured beyond just what the final score says on the scoreboard.To that effect, Glenwood Springs and Rifle both came away with some positives after Thursday’s volleyball game.

For the Demons, the 3-0 (25-13, 25-8, 25-7) win, was the first step toward defending their Class 4A Western Slope League title.And for Rifle, in only its second match of the season – both losses – Thursday’s match produced spats of good play which hopefully, will turn into match victories later this season.The Bears showed their feistiness in the first game, when they took a surprising 5-1 lead on the Demons.Leah Hinkey, Kristy Collins and Leanna Lawson promptly whittled Rifle’s advantage away with four straight winners. The Bears hung with Glenwood for a couple more points, including a 7-all tie, before being overpowered.

Collins serving ace capped a 7-point run that forced Rifle to call time out after falling behind 14-7. The rest of the game, and the match, went quickly afterwards.Rifle reached double figures in game one, but didn’t score more than eight points in the remaining two games.Meanwhile, Glenwood clicked into gear.The Demons opened up a 13-point lead at 20-7 in the second game before wrapping up matters with a 5-1 run, culminated with a Lawson kill.

Game three followed the same pattern. Hinkey and Lawson smashing winners and Collins stroking aces from the service line.”We were running plays and we were passing well,” said Glenwood coach Denise Greene. “But Rifle did some great things tonight.”Both teams, after weekend breaks, have challenges ahead of them.On Tuesday, Rifle travels to Class 5A Grand Junction Central, for a match against a strong Warriors club. Two days later, Glenwood will try to extend their 13-match WSL winning streak against Moffat County, while the Bears take on Steamboat Springs.On Tuesday, Rifle travels to Class 5A Grand Junction Central, for a match against a strong Warriors club. Two days later, Glenwood will try to extend their 13-match WSL winning streak against Moffat County, while the Bears take on Steamboat Springs.


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