Steamboat sails past Glenwood
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado ” All preseason the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team preached it was a close unit that didn’t let much affect the team.
On Thursday against Glenwood Springs, in its Western Slope League opener, Steamboat turned those words into action.
The Sailors overcame some early struggles to pull out a 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-15, 25-11) win.
After a first game that Steamboat (5-1 overall, 1-0 in league play) won thanks in large part to the outside hitting of senior Kacey Bull and Devin Wilkinson, the second game started a trend of runs.
Glenwood used a 15-3 run midway through the second game to even the match at 1. But that second game might have also been the turning point for Steamboat. Despite losing, the Sailors closed the game on a 9-3 run before falling.
“In the second game we started to lose that mentality and drive for it,” said Wilkinson, who finished with four kills. “We talked less. But even in the end of that game we started to get a run going.”
That run ” and a plethora of Glenwood errors ” helped Steamboat secure the win in the final two games.
The Sailors used a 17-5 run in the third game and an 18-2 run in the fourth game to finish off the Demons.
“I think our play speaks a thousand words,” said Glenwood coach Sean Lively, whose team dropped to 2-5 overall and to 1-1 in the 4A WSL. “We have some issues with finishing. That’s what we’re going to work on. We can compete with any team, but (Thursday) our girls beat themselves. It’s just going to take a little more practice.”
Still, in a league where any number of teams could win, Thursday’s showing might not have provided the clarity both coaches were looking for.
Each team certainly has areas to work on, but both coaches left feeling that the league is for the taking.
“I think winning the league opener is huge,” Hall said. “Any league game that we can win is huge. I think Glenwood is one of those teams that is in the hunt since I think the league is wide open. I fully expect them to be one of the teams to beat. They may have thought the same about us. I think Glenwood has the athletes to be right in there at the top.”
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