GSHS makes short work of Rifle |

GSHS makes short work of Rifle

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

RIFLE ” Leanna Lawson said she wasn’t aware that Glenwood Springs had never lost a varsity match or a game to Rifle in her four-year career with the Demons volleyball team.

That’s surprising, considering how Lawson and the Demons rushed their way through Monday’s league opener.

Lawson racked up five of her match-high six serving aces in a remarkable 17-point run in the first game, which set the tone for the night for Glenwood, which completed its 3-0 (25-5, 25-16, 25-12) match win in an elapsed time of 44 minutes.

Glenwood’s current win extended a five-year streak against Rifle, in which the Bears have not won a match or a game. The victory also raised the Demons’ 2005 unbeaten record to 8-0 (1-0 Western Slope League).

“I didn’t really know that we’ve never lost a game to them in four years,” Lawson said. “We never take anyone for granted.”

Which the Bears (0-4, 0-1) found out quickly.

Kendra Turza scored Rifle’s first point of the match after Glenwood took a 17-0 lead when the senior’s spike ticked off the Demons front line.

It slowed Glenwood’s momentum down for just a few seconds.

Back-to-back kills by Lawson, combined with a pair of unforced errors, finished off the 11-minute contest rapidly.

Well in control by that point, Glenwood coach Scott Nykerk rolled his substitutes into the rotation early. Once they were put into action, the subs had as much success as the Demon regulars.

Junior outside hitter Heather Smyth had three kills in the 16-minute-long second game. Sophomore Avery Denney and senior Summer Sherman contributed aces.

The subs slipped a bit in the opening of the third game, allowing Rifle its only lead ” a one-point, 2-1 margin before Nykerk put the big hitters back in to wrap up the match.

Leah Hinkey sparked a nine-point Demon scoring run with a block and kill to pull out to a 14-5 lead after struggling to a 5-all early tie. Playing sparingly in the match, Hinkey still managed to conclude the match with 11 kills, five blocks and two aces.

Glenwood travels to Steamboat for a key early league match Thursday, then wraps up the week with a home contest against Moffat County on Saturday. Rifle resumes play against Steamboat at home, also on Saturday.

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