Glenwood spikers roll past Huskies
EAGLE-VAIL – Amber Sutherland and the wrecking crew which goes by the name of Glenwood Springs volleyball rolled through Eagle-Vail Thursday night, making believers of the Huskies with a three-game win (25-10, 25-18, 25-18).
Sutherland led the Demons, ranked No. 2 in all of 4A, with 13 kills as Glenwood upped its Slope record to 10-0 and 16-0 overall. And, with the sweep, that makes 12-straight matches that the Demons haven’t dropped a game.
“We take every game individually,” Demons coach Denise Greene said. “With rally-scoring, you can’t let up. All your mistakes are points. We focus on our side of the net and on our play. We struggled a little bit, but we got through it.”
It helps, though, when you have a player like Sutherland, who is committed to CU, where she will play with Vail Mountain School alumna, Lara Bossow, next year.
“She’s amazing,” Greene said of Sutherland. “She’s an incredible athlete and an incredible volleyball player. She is the go-to person, and she makes everybody better.”
That is not to say Glenwood is a one-person show. Sophomores Leanna Lawson and Leah Hinkey each contributed to the win with six kills each.
“They’re both great players, too,” Greene said. “They’re real consistent and big blockers in the middle. They really help us.”
That having been said, though the score was lopsided, the Huskies (5-6 in league and 8-9 overall) improved on their performance from their first meeting with the Demons.
“Definitely, we played better,” Huskies coach Brian Doyon said. “We actually forced them to make errors and play at us. In the first game, I don’t think we forced them to play. It was big improvement. The girls got a ton of touches. There was good defense out there.”
Both teams have big games coming up. For Glenwood, the Demons host Steamboat Thursday at 6:30 p.m. A win means a conference title for Glenwood.
Meanwhile, the Huskies head to Eagle Valley Tuesday for their annual grudge match. The Devils are the favorites on paper, but this rivalry has provided more than its fair share of upsets and zany finishes.
“I think (Eagle Valley coach) Karl (Talcott)’s team is playing really well now,” Doyon said. “Kenzie Shreeve’s been stepping up. It sounds like they’re playing really well. It will be a good battle. It will be good for the girls to play them.”
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at email@example.com.