Glenwood spikers roll Huskies
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A team meeting among the Glenwood Springs girls volleyball team prior to Thursday’s match with Battle Mountain set the tone for the rest of the season.
“We agreed that we didn’t have enough intensity,” said senior Tessie Tracy of the subject that came out of that meeting.
“Steamboat is our main rival,” said Tracy. “So now, we think every game is versus Steamboat.”
And after Glenwood finished their 3-0 rout on the visiting Huskies, Battle Mountain did sport a bit of Sailor red.
But it wasn’t from their uniforms – it was from the welts the Demon hitters raised on various body parts on Battle Mountain’s players.
In the 50 minutes it took to play the match, the Huskies eyes were fixed on the hovering figures of Amber Sutherland, Leah Hinkey and Leanna Lawson.
The three front-row players accounted for 17 kills between them as Battle Mountain struggled to find a way to defend the laser beams the Demon hitters were blasting away at them.
The first two games finished in a heartbeat. Glenwood held Battle Mountain to solo digits on wins of 25-7 and 25-6.
Game three was at least competitive – for a little while.
Prior to Glenwood’s mid-game rally, the Huskies took and held a 3-2 lead.
That awoke Glenwood’s big hitters.
Kills on spikes from Sutherland and Lawson, plus Lawson’s two aces allowed the Demons to take an 11-5 lead, then toy with the Huskies for a bit until Glenwood decided to finish up.
Ahead 16-12 after Demon coach Denise Greene called time out, Glenwood scored nine of the game’s remaining 13 points for a 25-17 win.
The win raised the Demons record to 10-0 and 4-0 in the Western Slope League.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.