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Prep Roundup: Demons sweep Bears; Titans slip past Gore Rangers in OT

Glenwood's Mary Fuller attempts to hit a shot over the net during Saturday's matchup with the Rifle Bears at Rifle High School. (DARCY COPELAND / DC PHOTOS)
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Making the trip west on Interstate 70 for a big 4A Western Slope League rivalry matchup against the Rifle Bears, the Glenwood Springs Demons volleyball team picked up a big win via sweep by scores of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-15 over the Bears on their Homecoming game at Rifle High School.

The win over the Bears marks the second time this season that the Demons have defeated Rifle. Back on September 15 Glenwood topped Rifle by scores of 25-16, 25-17 and 25-16.

With the win, Glenwood improves to 8-6 (3-5 4A WSL) on the season, while the Bears fall to 3-13, (0-9 4A WSL).

“It was a solid team effort,” Glenwood Head Coach Dennis Sunderland said. “The ladies worked hard to support each other and do what was needed to win. I loved watching them trust the process of both our defense and offense to get the mission of the team done. This is a real nice confidence boost for the final stretch of the season.”

For Glenwood, Cheyanne Mclelland led the way with seven kills, three aces and two assists to pace the Demons’ attack. Tye Wedhorn chipped in with seven kills and 15 digs, while Ashley Emery had seven kills as well.

Saylor Warren led the way defensively with 15 digs and added five kills on offense as Maddie Bolitho added 16 digs in the win. Kassidi Johnson dished out 23 assists and added two kills while coming up with six digs for Glenwood. Mary Fuller chipped in with three aces, five kills and three blocks.

Individual statistics for the Bears were unavailable at the time of print.

The Demons will travel to Eagle Valley next Tuesday before hosting Grand Junction on Saturday. The Bears will host Summit on Thursday before then hosting the Basalt Longhorns on Saturday.

TITANS TOP GORE RANGERS IN OT

Hosting the Vail Mountain Gore Rangers Saturday in a pivotal 3A Western Slope League soccer match at ‘The Pasture’, the Coal Ridge Titans picked up a key win in overtime over the Gore Rangers by a score of 2-1 to remain tied for second in the league with the Basalt Longhorns.

Trailing 1-0 at the half, the Titans bounced back in the second half to tie the game at 1-1 on a goal from junior forward Marcus Amaya off of an assist from senior Luis Galaviz before junior striker Josh Fulk found the back of the net in extra time off of an assist from sophomore Kade Frees to give the Titans the thrilling win over the Gore Rangers.

“I thought that the boys really played with passion and pride today,” Coal Ridge Head Coach Michael Mikalakis said. “They really wanted to reestablish themselves as a team with this game and their hard work and effort really paid off.”

The comeback attempt by the Titans was fueled by a strong defensive performance from an experieced Titan back line led by seniors Jonathan Espinoza, Leonardo Serrano and Fernando Tena, allowing the Titans to quickly transition and attack the Gore Rangers at the other end.

“I thought that our defense was very strong again today,” Mikalakis said. “Our midfield really took control of the field in the second half to push us to the overtime victory.”

With the win, Coal Ridge improves to 10-1 (4-1 3A WSL) on the season. The Titans will host Basalt on Tuesday in another big 3A WSL matchup with second place on the line.