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A strong finish for the Devils

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD ” In terms of standings, Saturday’s volleyball match between Eagle Valley and Glenwood was more of a formality.

The winning team would take fourth in the 4A Western Slope, and the losing team would take fifth. Both teams would end up making the district tournament the following weekend at Battle Mountain.

But there was a lot more at stake, especially for the Devils once they won the first two games. When the Demons came back to tie things up and force a fifth game, the match meant even more to the Devils.

“We decided to take all the importance of that game away,” Eagle Valley coach Rob Crawford said, referring to the discussion he had with his team before the final frame. “But in reality, it was really important.”

The Devils delivered, winning, 25-21, 25-12, 20-25, 18-25, 15-9, and picked up a season sweep over the Demons.

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“We had to have that win to feel good going into districts,” Crawford said. “And we have Glenwood in our pool this week, and we need to know how to beat them.”

After a solid start, the Devils slowed down a bit while the Demons took advantage.

“We were clicking,” Crawford said. “I thought that we were going to play that way for the rest of the season and that everything was going to come easily. We were putting it down, digging and blocking. Then, Glenwood started playing better. In the fifth game, Glenwood was playing really well ” as good as I’ve seen them play ” and we beat them despite that.”

Setters Kelsey Foster and Whitney VanVoorst led the Devils with 10 kills each.

With the win, the Devils finish at 7-7 and nearly replicate last year’s late-season surge.

“It was almost the same, but we finished third,” Crawford said. “We had a few more wins last year, but the whole league is stronger in my opinion this year.”

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.

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