Glenwood powers past Rams at Demon Invitational volleyball tournament
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — To say that volleyball is a game of drastic momentum shifts would be an understatement of seismic proportions.
This theory reared its head in a big way on Saturday afternoon as valley rivals Glenwood Springs and Roaring Fork squared off in a consolation round game at the Demon Invitational tournament.
The youthful Rams of Carbondale, led by sophomores Ashley Hall and Lyndsay Hansen, played a steady floor game en route to a 25-22 first-game win. But an ill wind that blew no good would soon chill the Rams’ fortunes as Demon big-hitters Jaime Crowley, Chally Korn and Bella Diaz kicked up a breeze by spiking several fastballs to the floor in leading their team to a 19-7 advantage in Game 2. The Red and White team kept things in high gear the rest of the way, closing things out by a large 25-8 margin.
The decisive Game 3 started with Diaz scoring on a nifty flick over the net to stake Glenwood to an early 2-1 advantage. With the Rams taking a deep breath and steadying themselves for the final push, things went back and forth until a Korn serve barely nipped the endline for an exciting 15-13 Demon win.
Glenwood senior Crowley knew her team was much better than what they had showed in the first game of the match.
“We knew Roaring Fork would be tough,” Crowley said. “We changed things up a bit after that first game and used it as a motivator. Then we showed how we really can play.”
Rams coach Jennifer Dority was very pleased with her team, not only in the game against Glenwood, but throughout the entire tournament.
“These kids are playing great. Their attitudes and effort are great,” she said. “They are a super-young team and continue to improve by leaps and bounds.”
Glenwood finished the weekend with a 2-3 tourney record. Roaring Fork completed the event at 1-3.
The Bears of Rifle didn’t manage to break into the win column — going 0-4 at the Demon Invite — but coach Erin Reider was not dismayed one little bit by her team’s outing.
“We just need to make some tiny adjustments to finish plays. Our defense is good and we are serving well,” the Bear mentor said. “We just have to get everybody on the same page at the same time and get their confidence up in game situations.”
The Grand Valley Cardinals of coach Dave Walck were the only area team to play in Saturday’s championship bracket. After dropping a morning game by a 25-21, 25-19 count to Steamboat Springs, and an afternoon affair to Pagosa Springs by the tally of 25-13, 25-14, Walck saw his team drop to a 1-3 record for the weekend. The coach was nonetheless pleased by the play of the Cardinals.
“We’re excited. These kids work hard. We’ll get better when we clean a few things up, but the level of competition at this tournament was excellent,” Walck said.
The Demon Invitational, which drew 12 teams from throughout the state, featured a title match between Steamboat Springs and Erie. The matchup ended a run of two consecutive tournament titles by Lutheran, which has been to the 2A state title match the past two years.
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John Iuele’s fadeaway jump shot as time expired propelled the Demons to a thrilling 38-36 overtime victory against the Montrose Indians in the championship game of the Demon Invitational Tournament at Glenwood Springs High School.