Short-handed Demons topple Bulldogs
The Glenwood Springs Demons volleyball team was without one of its top hitters Saturday afternoon, but it didn’t seem to matter.
With senior hitter Alicia Hays out with a knee injury for the second consecutive game, the Demons had a strong platoon effort to beat Moffat County 2-0 (15-6, 15-6) in a Western Slope League game at Glenwood Springs High School.
“They worked around it,” Glenwood coach Michelle Guillot said of Hays’ absence.
Amber Sutherland paced the Demons (7-1 WSL, 13-1 overall) with eight kills and two blocks and also had a strong game serving with two aces and a number of unreturnable strikes.
Opposite hitter Shelbi Amichaux stepped up her play with Hays out, and was also the recipient of a few more kill opportunities.
“We had to get used to Cassie (Carlson) being in the rotation,” Amichaux said. “We just practiced with her more.
Amichaux finished with three kills and some nice dink shots over the Moffat County (3-6, 5-9) front line for points.
“Shelbi got more sets today,” Guillot said. “She’s been working hard and did a good job.”
Amichaux and Kelly Hauskins supplied much of the offense early in the contest. Hauskins finished the match with three kills and two blocks, and the two players combined for five of Glenwood’s first seven points as the Demons went ahead 7-2.
Then Sutherland got in the act. The junior hitter had four kills and a block in the first game as the Demons rolled to the 15-6 victory.
In the second game Bridget Roseman, who had two aces and served for 10 points in the contest, served Glenwood to a quick 6-0 lead, thanks in part to three straight Sutherland kills.
Moffat County pulled back to 6-4, but, after a sideout, the Bulldogs couldn’t handle Sutherland’s serving. Sutherland ran off a quick five points serving – including an ace and two unreturnable balls – as the Demons took an insurmountable 11-4 lead.
Hays is expected back to practice Monday, just in time for Glenwood to wrap up the season against the league’s other top teams.
The Demon’s travel to Rifle Tuesday and plays Battle Mountain for their regular-season home finale. On Thursday, Oct. 17 Glenwood travels to third-place Palisade followed by a trip to undefeated Steamboat Springs two days later.
“I’m pleased with how things are going, but the hardest part is still coming up,” Guillot said.
On Thursday, Glenwood defeated Delta 15-7, 15-1.
Hotchkiss downed Roaring Fork in three games 15-4, 12-15, 15-6 in a 3A nonleague game on Thursday and squeaked out a 2-1 (5-15, 15-10, 15-9) victory over Gunnison Friday evening. Roaring Fork improves to 5-1 in the 3A Western Slope League and 8-4 overall.
Undefeated Steamboat Springs dispatched the Rifle Bears quickly Saturday. Steamboat stayed perfect on the season with a 15-1, 15-2 sweep of the Bears.
In junior varsity action, Steamboat defeated Rile 15-4, 15-11.
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.