Glenwood Springs spikers sweep Bears |

Glenwood Springs spikers sweep Bears

Anthony Dion
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Kelley Cox Post Independent

RIFLE, Colorado ” After a summer of transition, the Glenwood Springs varsity volleyball players have been getting to know each other on the court, and on Tuesday evening the work paid off as the Demons swept Rifle for their first win of the season.

Glenwood Springs (1-1) head coach Sean Lively has kept up the mantra that with each match the Demons were improving exponentially and it showed on Tuesday against the Bears.

The passing was crisper and far more accurate, the positioning was seldom off and the front line play was close to dominating with a team total of 33 kills and seven blocks in the three game sweep (25-21, 25-18, 25-20).

“The passing and serving were great tonight,” Lively said afterwards in acknowledging the team’s vast improvement over the last week and a half. “That’s where we were lacking before, and today it won us the game against a team that is tough to beat especially at home.”

With juniors Leah Mansfield and Catlyn Bowles, and senior Morgan Dominguez patrolling the backline, the Demons rarely failed to control a spike from their opponent. By doing so, the frontline ” led by Toni Gottschalck (seven kills, block), Kelly Lawson (eight kills and two aces) and Taryn Pearce (seven kills and two aces) ” was able to kill 33 shots to their opponent’s 18.

The two teams looked fairly even matched at the outset, with the first game close early on until the Demons went on a 4-0 run to edge ahead 14-9. The Bears fought back, though, to tie the score at 18 and eventually take the lead by two points. The Demons, however, weren’t about to quit.

Instead, Glenwood Springs showed its resolve and marked improvement in closing out Rifle 25-21 with a pair of three-point runs. They carried over the momentum into the second game, breaking out to an 18-11 lead after the game was tied in the early going.

Once again Rifle would creep within three points to threaten the Demons but that was all this vastly improved squad from Glenwood High would allow. They closed out a 25-18 win, their largest margin of the match, and wrapped up their first win of the season by sweeping the Bears with a 25-20 final game score in which it never trailed.

“I tell them we win games in practice and the last few days, they’ve been practicing really hard,” Lively said.

Also helping the Demons earn their first victory were sophomore Kenzi Caple who had four kills and an ace; senior Hannah Thimsen with five blocks and two kills; and junior Kelsey Warkentin who chipped in two kills and an ace as well.

Rifle was led by Brianna Bascom and Lauren Martin who each had five kills. Morgan Patrick followed closely with four.

The Demons will look to continue their rapid progression when they travel to Steamboat Springs for a match on Thursday evening.

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