The fire returns for Demon spikers
The fire – and firepower – came back for the Glenwood Springs volleyball team on Saturday.After a disappointing 3-1 loss at Battle Mountain on Thursday, the Demons were firing on all cylinders in a 25-16, 28-26, 25-15 sweep over Class 4A Western Slope foe Eagle Valley.
“We weren’t playing as a team and we weren’t focused” against Battle Mountain, said Demon middle blocker Leanna Lawson. “I think we beat ourselves with errors on our side.”Today we got really fired up before the game,” she added. “We play best when we’re fired up. We can beat anyone when we play that way.”And the Demons’ big guns were on target Saturday, unlike Thursday’s contest in which Glenwood committed 38 hitting errors. Lawson and fellow middle blocker Leah Hinkey both finished with double-digit kills at 10 and 11, respectively.
“It’s awesome; I love playing with Leah,” Lawson said. “We’re both really confident playing with each other.”Lawson added four blocks and seven digs to help keep Eagle Valley standout hitter Kenzie Shreeve in check. Shreeve did manage to get her fair share of points – particularly in the second game when the Devils pushed Glenwood to the limit. Shreeve tallied seven of her 11 kills in the second game and two of her four aces. Mariah Scott added nine kills for the Devils.It wasn’t enough, however, as the Demons squeaked by the tight game 2 and rolled in game 3.
“We were very inconsistent with our ball handling, and we weren’t as strong with serving as we have been,” Eagle Valley coach Karl Talcott said. “It allowed Glenwood to stay in their system, and they are an excellent team when they are in their system.””That’s the best we have played in a while,” added Glenwood coach Denise Greene. The second game really could have gone either way. We played tough, stayed tough and it was a great confidence builder, which we really needed.”Glenwood improves to 4-2 in the WSL (9-2), while Eagle Valley drops to 3-4 (6-5).• In other Class 4A volleyball action, Battle Mountain got by Rifle 3-0 (25-15, 29-27, 26-24) Saturday.• In other Class 4A volleyball action, Battle Mountain got by Rifle 3-0 (25-15, 29-27, 26-24) Saturday.
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