Spikers named top story of 2003
Post Independent Staff
In all facets, 2003 was an unprecedented year for the Glenwood Springs High School volleyball team.
Reaching the Class 4A state semifinals was the apex of a record-producing season that has become the measuring stick for future Demon teams.
In her first year at the helm, Glenwood head coach Denise Greene guided the Demons to a 29-1 record, earning league, district and regional championships in the process.
Individually, three players ” Amber Sutherland, Celeste Cashel and Leah Hinkey ” earned spots on both the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post’s postseason 4A state volleyball teams. A fourth starter, Kelly Hauskins, earned honorable mention to the Denver Post’s 4A all-state squad.
Sutherland, who signed a national letter-of-intent with the University of Colorado in Boulder earlier in the year, also made both Denver newspapers All-Colorado 2003 volleyball teams.
And, there’s plenty of statistics to prove how dominate Glenwood, as a team, was on the state volleyball scene in 2003.
In league play, the Demons ran the table with a unblemished 12-0 match record, winning 36 of 37 Western Slope League games. That run, was part of a 41-game winning skein Glenwood fashioned until WSL foe Steamboat Springs snapped the streak on Oct. 16.
The loss was no big deal.
Glenwood rebounded, won the next game, for a 3-1 victory ” Glenwood’s 18th straight match win ” for a little extra momentum heading into the 4A playoffs.
The postseason was no different.
Glenwood kept on adding Ws to its season-long winning streak and continued to mow down opponents.
At districts, the Demons posted 3-0 sweeps against Colorado Springs Liberty and Denver Mullen and 3-1 victories over Greeley West and Cheyenne Mountain.
In the championship match against Summit, the Tigers fell to the Demons in three straight games, advancing Glenwood to the Region B tournament.
Glenwood’s first two regional matches were easy. Pueblo Centennial and Fort Morgan fell by identical 3-0 outcomes.
Windsor, the other team advancing to the regional championship match, took the Demons to a match-deciding fifth game.
It was only the second time, to that point in the entire season that a team had extended the Demons to a fifth game.
And when the Demons broke a 3-all tie with a three-point scoring run, it appeared that Windsor was ready to be taken.
But, the Wizards refused to fold. They tied the game at 7-7, forcing Glenwood to call a timeout to regroup.
Demon outside hitter Leanna Lawson scored off the break. The play sparked a four-point run which put Glenwood up for good.
The win put the Demons in the hunt for a state title.
After winning matches over Cheyenne Mountain (again), Lewis-Palmer and Montezuma-Cortez in the state tournament, the quest for the 4A crown ended in the semifinals when Sterling handed the Demons a 3-1 loss, Glenwood’s first of the season.
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