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Glenwood volleyball trio honored as All-4A WSL

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Three seniors who were a big part of a turnaround season for Glenwood Springs High School’s volleyball program were honored for their efforts in the season’s wake, landing All-4A Western Slope League honors.

Outside hitter Taryn Pearce and setter/right side hitter Kehau Vegas were each named first-teamers, while defensive specialist Leah Mansfield was an honorable-mention selection.

Pearce, a team captain whose big vertical leap helped her belt many a kill, played a sizable role in spurring the Demons’ winning ways.



“She is a hard worker, great listener, can jump out of the gym and she’s an overall talented young lady who has a bright future ahead of her in college volleyball,” Glenwood head coach Amber Sutherland lauded.

Vegas, who transferred from Basalt for her senior year, fit in immediately with her new teammates.



“Kehau was a team leader and stepped up whenever we were in tight situations or needed someone to make a big play,” Sutherland said. “I wish her all the best in college and her future. I know, whatever she does, she will give nothing less than her best.”

Neither Pearce nor Vegas has picked a college yet, Sutherland relayed.

As for Mansfield, who anchored the Glenwood defense, her future rests in soccer. But that didn’t keep her from success on the court.

“She was such a hard worker and our second captain on the team,” Sutherland said. “She was always talking and trying to make big defensive plays to lift the team up.”

The all-league trio helped the Demons rebound from a 5-16 showing in 2008 to go 14-8 in 2009.

“I am very proud of all the girls and what they accomplished this season,” Sutherland said. “Obviously, it was a major stepping stone from last year and I can’t wait to see what happens next year.”

RIFLE, Colorado – Junior libero Adrienne Schmidt was a facilitator for Rifle’s volleyball team. Her penchant for passing, defense and serving caught the eye of 4A WSL coaches, who voted her all-league honorable mention.

“Adrienne was the building block of our team, touching the ball almost every play,” Bears head coach Heather Sulkowski said. “She passed a 2.67 on a three-point scale for serve-receive and led the team in digs with 174 and in aces with 21 on the season. We would not have been able to do a lot of the things we did offensively if it wasn’t for Adrienne’s passing.”

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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