Glenwood sets up comeback, but Tigers take match
DENVER – Since the postseason started, the Glenwood Springs volleyball team has gotten accustomed to making comebacks. So it wasn’t too surprising that the Demons would follow the same path at this weekend’s Class 4A state tournament.
The Demons couldn’t quite pull off the comeback magic against the state’s top teams, however.After dropping the first two pool-play matches on Friday, Glenwood needed a victory over Sterling Saturday to stay alive and possibly trigger a repeat of last weekend’s regional tournament. At regionals the Demons found themselves in a three-way tie for the final state qualifying spot and got into the tournament by winning a sudden-death round-robin.But the Tigers wouldn’t fold.
The Demons forced a 1-all tie against Sterling, which triggered their hopes. But, the 25-22 win was all they could muster against the Tigers, who went on to take the match by winning the next two games, 25-14, 25-15 to end Glenwood’s season.Leah Hinkey provided the early spark in the Demon game victory on an ace, a front-row block and three spikes to push Glenwood into a one-point lead at 14-13 after falling back by as many as four points.The Demons raised their lead to six points and were leading 22-17, forcing Sterling coach Lisa Schumacher into calling a time out to regroup the Tigers.Back-to-back spikes from Tigers Sara Parker and Schyler Edelman reduced Glenwood’s lead to two before Leanna Lawson closed out the game with a couple of winners.The Tigers didn’t allow the Demons another chance to get that close.
Outside hitters Kristen Kugler and her frontline teammates Danielle Minch and Edelman regained the control they had established back in game one and finished the rest of the match quickly on 11- and 10-point wins, respectively.In the opening rounds of pool play Friday, Glenwood lost both its matches by identical 3-0 scores.The Demons dropped the opener 25-22, 25-23, 25-21 to unbeaten and top-ranked Cheyenne Mountain, then suffered a 25-16, 25-11, 25-16 loss to Fort Morgan later in the day.Fort Morgan and Sterling advanced to Saturday night’s semifinals from pool one, while Windsor and Mountain View moved on out of pool two.Despite the weekend’s defeats, the outlook is bright for Glenwood, which concluded the 2004 season with a record of 19-10. The Demons have a good shot at returning to the state tournament for their third straight season next year with Stacey Novak being the only senior on the 2004 roster.Despite the weekend’s defeats, the outlook is bright for Glenwood, which concluded the 2004 season with a record of 19-10. The Demons have a good shot at returning to the state tournament for their third straight season next year with Stacey Novak being the only senior on the 2004 roster.
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