Glenwood takes EV in 3
GYPSUM – It’s all about expectations. Keep them modest, and you won’t disappoint.Both Glenwood Springs and Eagle Valley came into Saturday’s match tired from a long week, and the Demons stopped the Devils, 25-19, 25-21, 25-13.”They played a little let down after a big match on Thursday, but we were able to get a lot of players in,” said Glenwood Springs coach Scott Nykerk.The Demons took sole possession of first place in the league after beating Battle Mountain in five games on Thursday.”We hit fairly well, but both teams were out of system quite a bit,” Nykerk said. “It was scramble volleyball.”Eagle Valley was a bit weary after two away matches early in the week, but refused to fold to a powerful hitting Glenwood squad.”We played them closer then the last time, and I can’t ask for more than that,” said Eagle Valley coach Rob Crawford. “We are still learning things, and each game we are doing something we hadn’t done right in the past.” The first game had some of the longer rallies of the day, but as the match moved on, the Demons’ offense came together.”They had some strong hitters,” said Eagle Valley’s Michelle Parmenter. “In the second game, they got to us with their hits. They were also really scrappy.”Coming into the match, Eagle Valley knew it had its hands full with Glenwood middle hitters Leah Hinkey and Leanna Lawson.”We wanted two blockers on (Leah) every time,” Crawford said. “That means we had one blocker on (Leanna), and she had free reign. (Leah) really makes their team.”This also gave a chance for Glenwood outsider hitters Courtney Sutherland and Kristy Collins to rack up some kills.But the Eagle Valley game plan worked well, and Hinkey was limited in her kills. Leading the Devils in blocks was Kellee Hollis, with six.”Kellee had some blocks that were well executed,” Crawford said. “You could tell because the ball went right down.”While Nykerk was pleased with his team’s win, he knows they will need to string together solid victories in the postseason.”When you get to districts and states, and are playing three or four times a day, you have to be consistent,” Nykerk said.The Demons play third-place Palisade on Thursday, while Eagle Valley will host Moffat County.
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