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Glenwood spikers fall to Steamboat 2-0

Melinda MawdsleySteamboat Pilot & Today Staff

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Don’t think Katie Carter wanted a tip to end Saturday’s match with Glenwood Springs.She said she wanted to tattoo volleyball lines on the gym floor, but that wasn’t the smart, disciplined play. The tip was open so she dropped a ball beyond the reach of diving Demon defenders, giving the Sailors the Western Slope League Championship and gobs of confidence heading into the upcoming District tournament.”We’re definitely right where we want to be,” Carter said. “I don’t think anyone could beat us, and that’s they way we all feel.”And Glenwood seemed like the most likely candidate to end Steamboat’s hopes for an undefeated league season. After all, the Demons won last year’s crown and entered Saturday’s match as the only team to take the Sailors to three games this year.Two different teams showed up Saturday.Sailors coach Wendy Hall was a little worried about how her seven seniors would handle the emotion surrounding what could be their final game at home.Her nerves were calmed when the Sailors pulled away from the Demons early in Game 1 before winning 15-6. They took the second, 15-10, securing the straight-game victory.”Steamboat is a great team,” Glenwood coach Michelle Guillot said. “Stepping in to play in their gym is difficult.”The Demons didn’t help themselves either, particularly in Game 1. Star outside hitter Amber Sutherland had few attacks. When she did touch the ball, it was usually on defense. That, coupled with hitting and service errors, prevented Glenwood from making it a game at all.”They had trouble with their serve,” Hall said. “Part of their game plan is to put it on the back line. When you’re struggling, it gives a team free sideouts and that made it easier for us.”Guillot said it was magnified in the second game when missed serves or errors halted little runs.”All week long we practiced error free,” Guillot said. “I felt when we were not making errors we were in this match.”The Demons got to within two points, 10-12, in the second game behind solid serves and good net play, but Steamboat turned to Carter to get things back on track. One kill gave her team the serve. A second kill gave her team 13 points. Carter’s solo block brought on match point.The Demons called timeout, and in that timeout, Hall told Carter that the tip was open because Glenwood’s defenders were back ready for her to crank it at the end.As much as Carter wanted to do exactly what the Demons were expecting, she listened to her coach and went for the sure point.Game, match, league title, Steamboat.Carter led the Sailors with 13 kills and four blocks.


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