Palisade Bulldogs pin a shutout on Demons
PALISADE – “Termination” was a major part of Scott Nykerk’s appraisal of the Glenwood Springs volleyball team’s play in Thursday’s 3-0 loss to Palisade.”It was their ability to terminate points and our inability to,” said the Demons head coach of the difference between the two teams. “We played good defense. We kept getting the ball up and putting it back – they were the one’s who were able to terminate the points.”And, Palisade was able to rack up points in bunches. The Bulldogs ability to reel off four and five-point runs from the service line, turned small leads to big gaps. Gaps, which the Demons, with the exception of one short period in the third game, couldn’t match.A five-point string from Jessica Hellman at the line with game one tied at 6-all gave Palisade an 11-6 lead.Megan Bosch and Chelsea Jones started the run with back-to-back point-scoring spikes. Bosch, the Bulldogs’ middle hitter, finished the night with a game-high 13 kills.Glenwood added to the Bulldogs’ lead when it committed violations on the following two points. But the combination of six unforced errors the Demons had in game one led to Palisade’s easy nine-point win.Scoring runs of four, seven and five points from three different Bulldog servers produced a 19-5 second game gap. A solo Glenwood point stalled the one-sided affair momentarily.Jones regained serve right after, then concluded the game with a five-point run.After the poor showing in game two, the Demons came out composed and took it to the Bulldogs when they returned to the floor for game three.Kills from Summer Sherman and Chelsea Vallario, plus a Toni Gottschalck block, allowed Glenwood to take a 7-4 advantage – its first lead since early in game one.Unfortunately for Glenwood, the lead melted away a few points later. Two Bosch kills in the middle of a 4-0 run snapped a 13-all tie. The skein was enough to keep Glenwood at bay the rest of the match.Vallerio and Gottschalck were the only Demons able to produce points. Both had six kills. Gottschalck also recorded seven of the nine blocks Glenwood had in the match.The defeat also puts the Demons’ chances of advancing to a district tournament next week in jeopardy. Now 6-7 in the Western Slope League, Glenwood must defeat Delta in Saturday’s regular-season-ending match at home for a chance to earn the fifth and final available playoff berth.However, a victory over the Panthers might not be enough. Heading into Thursday, the Demons were in a third-place tie with Steamboat and Eagle Valley, each with 6-6 league marks. Scores from their Thursday matches were unavailable at press time.If the three teams remain tied after Saturday’s games, the deadlock will be broken by games won head-to-head against each other.
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