Glenwood repeats as tourney champs
By Phil SandovalPost Independent StaffMost of the starters are different, but the wins keep coming for the Glenwood Springs volleyball team. Leah Hinkey is one of the few starters from last season’s state semifinal team, but the junior middle hitter and her new teammates opened the 2004 season, just like the ’03 squad, by winning the Demon Invitational Tournament.
“This group is a lot more mellow than last year’s team,” said coach Denise Greene after seeing the Demons down No. 1-seed Grand Junction, 2-0 (25-12, 25-19) in the championship final.”This team plays hard, works hard and they’re quietly focused,” the coach added.The only slips Class 4A Glenwood had in the two-day tournament that concluded Saturday, were a couple of single-game, pool-play losses to Denver Christian and Fruita Monument. The two defeats, despite a 3-0 match record, slipped the Demons to the No. 3 seed emerging from pool play.All that did was make them more determined in the championship bracket.
Semifinal opponent Grand Junction Central extended the match to a third game before falling. Glenwood won games one and three by identical 25-19 scores, while dropping the second game 25-13.Grand Junction, in the other semifinal game, had similar problems pulling away from No. 4 Roaring Fork, a Class 3A squad.The Class 5A Tigers lost the first game, 25-16, rallied back to win game two, 25-17, then edged the Rams in the rubber game, 25-22.Roaring Fork head coach Karen Crownhart was pleased with her team’s performance in the tournament and against the bigger 5A Grand Junction squad. She credited the success to cutting down the number of mistakes compared to last season’s team, which featured most of the same players.When Grand Junction and Glenwood met in the championship match, the Demons hit their stride midway through game one.
Tied with the Tigers at 10-all, Glenwood scored 10 of the next 11 points.Leanna Lawson started the run with two winners and a block of a Tiger spike. Grand Junction aided the Demons’ cause with a rash of unforced errors.The Tigers scrapped to ties at 9-all and 10-all before wilting against Glenwood’s taller front line.Hinkey paced the Demons in the second game. The 6-foot junior recorded seven of her match-high 10 kills in the second game, including match point.”We all wanted to start the season strong,” Hinkey said. “And we wanted to win (the championship). It wasn’t that surprising that we did it, we were just having fun.””We all wanted to start the season strong,” Hinkey said. “And we wanted to win (the championship). It wasn’t that surprising that we did it, we were just having fun.”
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