Glenwood spikers show heart at districts |

Glenwood spikers show heart at districts

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GYPSUM, Colorado – No one gave Glenwood a chance. Most expected the Demons’ stay at the Class 4A District 7 volleyball tournament to be brief.

Two matches and 10 games into Saturday play at Eagle Valley High School, those expectations were turned upside down.

The Demons not only took Class 4A Western Slope League champion Eagle Valley to five games, but they rebounded from a two-game deficit to topple Delta and advance to the district semifinals.

Sounds pedestrian enough, but figure in a little context.

Glenwood entered districts with a 4-15 overall record and had lost a collective 12 of 13 games in four matches with Eagle Valley and Delta.

Knowing they had nothing to lose, the Demons just went out and had fun playing the sport they love.

“We just came and showed up to play,” senior Kelly Lawson said. “We were just excited to be here today. Even though we didn’t do as well in the season as we wanted to, we came out played hard and clicked.”

With a roster boasting five players 5-foot-10 or taller, Mullen brought the Demons’ day to an end in the semifinals. Even though Glenwood saw its surprising run end a win shy of a regional berth, no one left Gypsum with a frown.

To even come within a victory of regionals was an accomplishment in its own right, Glenwood coach Sean Lively said.

“First, we didn’t think we’d make it here,” he explained, “and then we make it this far. I think everyone counted us out and we made it farther than anyone expected. We had nothing to lose, so we just kept it loose. We just went out there and played.”

Even against Mullen, which went on to win the district championship, the Demons held their own in spurts.

Glenwood forced 10 ties in the first game, seven in the second and 11 in the third before the Mustangs pulled away with late surges en route to a 25-19, 25-13, 25-16 win that set up a meeting with Eagle Valley in Saturday’s district title match.

Taryn Pearce led the Demons with five kills and Kenzi Caple smashed four against the huge Mullen front line. Kiley Stevens finished with seven assists and Lawson had six.

Allie Freiwald paced Mullen with nine kills.

The day didn’t end perfectly for the Demons, but it ended with their heads held high.

“That was a good way to end it,” senior Toni Gottschalck said. “Today we definitely wanted to show that we had it in it us.”

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