Glenwood rallies for championship win
Coming into this season, Glenwood Springs had never won the volleyball tournament it has hosted the past five years.
That’s all changed now.
The Demons, who entered the championship match against Montezuma-Cortez without losing a game in the tournament, rallied from a one-game deficit to beat the Panthers 2-1 (7-15, 17-15, 15-7).
“Cortez is always a big team and always good,” Glenwood coach Michelle Guillot said. “So we had to adjust a few things, but we finally got it going.”
After dropping the first game, Glenwood led 12-8 in the second game before Montezuma-Cortez came back to knot the score at 12-all.
“It was point-for-point after that, then we pushed for those last two points,” Guillot said.
A Panther miss-hit and a Demon block secured the 17-15 second game win for Glenwood, and the team rolled the final stanza 15-7.
Alicia Hays led the Demons with 23 kills, while Amber Sutherland racked up 22.
“I think Amber is probably the strongest hitter in the league besides a hitter out of Steamboat,” Guillot said. “And Alicia is quick with her swing and very accurate.”
Both players feasted on the setting of Celeste Cashel, and Leanna Lawson was also singled out by Guillot for her play in the middle.
“It feels good,” Guillot said of the tournament victory. “I lost eight girls from last year. I knew I had good girls coming in, but I didn’t know how well they would play together. They worked hard the last two days and it paid off.”
Glenwood defeated Eagle Valley 2-0 (15-8, 15-10) to advance to the title match. In pool play, Glenwood downed Meeker 2-0 (15-8, 15-13), Lutheran 2-0 (15-10, 16-14) and Central 2-0 (15-10, 15-5).
Roaring Fork posted a 3-2 record in the tournament, losing to Montezuma-Cortez 2-0 (15-2, 15-3), with wins over West Grand 2-0 (15-3, 15-8) and Vail Christian 2-0 (15-3, 15-6) in the pool play. In the fifth-place bracket Roaring Fork defeated Denver Christian 2-0 (15-7, 15-1) and lost to Central 2-0 (15-11, 15-12).
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