Eagle Valley downs Glenwood in four
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GYPSUM, Colorado ” Eagle Valley sputtered out of the gate, only to play one of its best three-game stretches all season.
The Devils rallied from a Game 1 defeat, to be beat Glenwood Springs in four sets, 25-27, 25-9, 25-18, 25-15, on Saturday afternoon in Gypsum.
“I don’t know if it was a slow start, I felt (Glenwood Springs) played well that first game,” Eagle Valley coach Shawn Weatherred said. “I think it was good because it woke the girls up a little bit. I think those last three sets we played is about as good as we’ve played in a while.”
In Game 1, the Devils didn’t look much like the 2008 4A Slope League champions. Although, the Demons had a lot to do with that. Kelly Lawson gave Glenwood a 8-7 edge with a kill. Taryn Pearce kept the Demons ahead with a winner to make it 18-17.
Eagle Valley rallied to take a 22-18 advantage behind a Shelby Wright slam, but Glenwood fought back. Pearce blistered another ball to push the Demons in front 26-25, and they went on to win Game 1, 27-25.
“They are a great team,” Glenwood Springs coach Sean Lively said. “The thing about them is, they are extremely consistent. We wanted to come out and play hard. We did that first game. Then we kind of let up the second game.”
It didn’t take long for the Devils to establish their dominance in Game 2. Eagle Valley ran off the first 12 points of the set, and cruised to the 25-9 win. Lauren Shreeve, Alex Lassa and Wright did most of the damage for the Devils.
Game 3 was much closer, but again, Eagle Valley used its balance to attack Glenwood. Whitney Wright’s tip put the Devils ahead 3-2. Later, Karolina Zolniercyk slammed the ball for a 12-10 edge. Jaclyn Taylor stretched the advantage to 15-11 with an ace. The junior served well all match, as Eagle Valley constantly put pressure on the Demons with its deep serves.
“We’ve been working on serving a lot in practice,” Weatherred said. “It was probably my fault, but we were being a little aggressive with our serving earlier in the year. We decided to be good, instead of excellent. We decided to get good, quality serves over. Maybe, it’s starting to pay off.”
Eagle Valley went on to win Game 3, 25-18, before closing out the match in the next set. A Kelsey Foster ace gave the Devils a 2-0 lead that they never relinquished.
Angela Phillips made it 13-4 with a winner. Taylor kept up her hot-serving with another ace for a 20-11 lead. Foster helped put away the Demons with another slam to make it 24-15.
“These last two matches, we’ve really kind of ramped it up a little bit,” Weatherred said. “We’ve kind of worked out the kinks with Whitney (VanVoorst) being out, and kind of got how we are going to attack teams. Hopefully, we don’t have to worry about that anymore.”
The victory is the last of the regular season for Eagle Valley (17-2) before it hosts the District 7 Tournament on Saturday at the high school and the Eagle Valley Middle School. The Devils garnered that honor by winning the Slope title. Weatherred said his team is ready for postseason play.
“Their attitude, to their credit, is all business,” Weatherred said. “They are excited about what they did, what they accomplished. They are proud of it. But the attitude across the board is pretty much, they feel like they can make some waves out there in the postseason.”
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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