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Volleyball Demons swept away by Delta

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs junior Michaela Mansfield (3) blasts a shot past Delta's front line during Saturday's volleyball match in Glenwood. Delta won in three games.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – With the second game in jeopardy, Delta volleyball coach Renee St. Jean called a timeout.

“They always kind of need that reminder to play to win and not play to lose,” she said. “We really do have that fight. We have to let someone think they’re in it and then fight back all the time.”

St. Jean’s friendly reminder worked.



Down 21-19, the Panthers returned from their timeout and stormed back to win the second game, 25-22, and take a 2-0 match lead on host Glenwood Springs.

Delta used the momentum to finish off the Demons, 25-21, in the third game, polishing off a 3-0 win over the Demons on Saturday.



“I think we did really well at competing and having heart and just finishing,” Panthers senior Jenni Jones said. “We’re usually a team that tries to get behind and fight, but I think we did a really good job at finishing.”

Jones wound up with a match-high seven kills. Katie Kahrs and Callie Gafford belted six apiece as Delta wrapped up its regular season with a 9-10 overall record and 6-6 mark in the 4A Western Slope League.

With Saturday’s win, the Panthers avenged a five-game loss to Glenwood earlier in the season.

Anna Gauldin, Kenzie Caple and Sarah Davis had three kills apiece to pace the Demons, who lost Game 1 by a count of 25-16 and had trouble producing points in clutch moments in the final two games.

Saturday’s loss left Glenwood’s playoff chances in need of outside help, which the Demons got.

Saturday losses to both Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain dropped Moffat County to 3-9 in 4A WSL play. At 4-8, the Demons finished fifth in the seven-team league, grabbing the circuit’s final automatic playoff berth.

That means next weekend’s 4A District 7 tournament lies in Glenwood’s future. Eagle Valley, the 4A WSL champion, will host.

Though their season will live on, the Demons are finished at home. As such, Glenwood honored its five seniors – Gauldin, Caple, Kiley Stevens, Nicole Kontour and Taylor Nicola – on Saturday.

“They’re a good group of kids,” Glenwood coach Sarah Ryan said. “They’re going to be missed.”

The Demons finished off what aan up-and-down regular season with a 9-10 record.

“We’ve definitely had a mental season,” Ryan said. “We were up, then down. Up, then down. It all depended on confidence. During the season, when we played well and played together, we could beat anybody.”

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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