Three Demons voted to All-WSL first team
At first glance, one would think that someone made a mistake when the 2002 Class 4A All-Western Slope League volleyball team was released.
Six members on the 12-person first team, selected by the league’s coaches, earned the honor for the second straight year.
Two players of those players are from Glenwood Springs.
Outside hitters Alicia Hays, a senior, and Amber Sutherland, a junior ,were voted to the first-team with setter Celeste Cashel.
It’s Cashel’s first time to be honored.
As a team, Glenwood finished second in the WSL with a 10-2 record and was eliminated from post-season play with a third-place finish in the district tournament behind district champ Steamboat and runner-up Montezuma-Cortez.
Cortez is one of two Southwestern League 4A schools, along with Montrose, who play in the 5A league during the regular season, then join the 4A group for the playoffs.
Nine of this year’s first-teamers are seniors. The balance of the team consists of two juniors and one sophomore.
Three more of the all-league repeaters, including the 2002 WSL “Player of the Year,” Katie Carter, are from this year’s 4A state runner-up Steamboat Springs.
This was also the second time in as many years that Carter, who signed an early volleyball scholarship with UCLA, was voted as the league’s best player.
Allison Griffing, a senior middle blocker and Abby Fritz, a senior outside hitter earned first-team honors along with Palisade senior Sarah Richard.
The other players on the first team include Bayli Stillwell, Becca Gray and Val Finch from Steamboat, Sophomore Kayla Hellman of Palisade and Kati Russell from Battle Mountain.
Steamboat coach Wendy Hall also earned the WSL’s “Coach of the Year,” award from her colleagues for the second year in a row.
Rifle’s Caitlin Wagner and Krista Wagstrom earned Honorable Mention along with Glenwood freshman Leanna Lawson. This is the second time that Wagstrom, a junior, has made the all-league list.
Lawson is the only freshman to make either list.
The balance of the Honorable Mention roster consists of six seniors, four juniors, two sophomores.
The team includes Marsha Lewis and Kim Schroeder of Palisade, Brittany Hutton, Kate Schafer and Brandie Telfer from Moffat County, Delta’s Shannon Doty and Savanna Crespin, Jenna Gilbert and Nichole Lindroth of Battle Mountain and Lizzie Sack from Steamboat.
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