Sailors send Demons out of postseason play
CRAIG – The third time wasn’t a charm for the Glenwood Springs volleyball team.The Demons, after losing to Montezuma-Cortez in the final pool play game, were forced to play Western Slope League champion Steamboat in the semifinal round of the Class 4A District 6 tournament.The Demons fell to Steamboat in their two regular-season meetings – as did nearly everyone else, as the Sailors rolled through the regular season with just one loss – and Steamboat maintained dominance over the Demons in the third meeting with a 2-0 victory Saturday at Moffat County High School.The 15-13, 15-8 Steamboat victory eliminates Glenwood from postseason play. The top two teams from the District 6 tournament qualify for the regional tournament.In the final pool play match against Cortez on Saturday morning Glenwood lost 2-1. The Demons, who handed Cortez one of its two regular-season losses earlier in the year, got out to a 1-0 lead after winning the first game 15-13. It was all Cortez from there, as the Panthers won both of the next two games by a margin of 15-7.Steamboat won the district crown with a 2-0 (15-13, 15-8) win over Cortez in the finals. The Panthers eliminated Palisade 2-0 (15-10, 16-14) in the semifinals to earn a berth in the regional tournament.The Demons rolled through Friday’s pool-play matches, beating Battle Mountain 2-0 (15-4, 15-5) and Moffat County 2-0 (15-6, 15-5).Glenwood finishes the season with an overall record of 18-4.Rifle, which won a pigtail match against Delta Tuesday to qualify for districts, went 0-3 at the tournament. On Friday, the Bears pushed Palisade to three games before falling 2-1 (15-1, 12-15, 15-4) and lost to Steamboat Springs 2-0 (15-3, 15-2). On Saturday, Montrose defeated Rifle 2-0 (15-9, 15-2).-No information on the Class 3A District 4 tournament in Grand Junction was available to the Post Independent at press time.
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