Glenwood volleyball keeps winning streak
Assistant Sports Editor
That night’s Homecoming dance appeared to be more of a problem for Glenwood Springs’ volleyball team than Delta was Saturday.
“Just like any Homecoming week it was a mess. It kind of showed. But we came through,” said Glenwood coach Scott Nykerk after watching the Demons’ 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-15) league win over Delta.
Except for a couple of early periods in each of the match’s three games, Glenwood never faced a serious threat from the Panthers, who had their modest two-game winning streak broken with the loss.
The Demons, on the victory, (6-1 league, 11-1 overall) raised their own win streak to three straight. Delta slipped to 2-4 (3-5) with the loss.
Still, Glenwood’s focus wasn’t as razor-sharp as it had been in Thursday’s 3-0 sweep at Palisade. “That was our best focus of the year,” Nykerk said of the Palisade match. “We weren’t toying with (Delta) today, our team just has a tendency to get sloppy once in a while.
Possibly, a dab of that sloppiness came from Leah Hinkey’s absence. Right after Thursday’s match, Hinkey, accompanied by her parents, flew to Knoxville for an official recruiting visit at the University of Tennessee.
“Everyone played well,” the coach said. “They just had to keep control of the match, no matter who was in, and they managed to do that today enough to be successful.”
The personnel change put Leanna Lawson, normally an outside hitter, into more of a middle-hitter role. Lawson responded with a monster effort.
The senior reeled off a match-high 16 kills and seven blocks.
“(Leanna) knew she was going to be the primary hitter when she was in the front row and that she’d have her chances today, and she took advantage,” said Nykerk.
Lawson’s potency was especially evident in the third game, where she pounded home three kills in a 7-2 Demons run where Glenwood took a five-point lead and then opened it later to a 13-point spread to win the match.
While Glenwood has its aim on the Oct. 13 rematch with Battle Mountain, Nykerk said the team is not taking any of their next three opponents ” Steamboat, Moffat County and Rifle ” lightly.
“They are looking toward that (match) with Battle Mountain, but, we know we have some other matches before that, and they are going to be tough.”
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