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Having fun? Devils do in sweep of Demons

Eage Valley's Emma Lassa smashes the ball down against Glenwood Springs during a three-set win against the Demons on Tuesday. Lasse and Devils head to Palisade for big match on Friday.
Chris Dillmann | cdillmann@vaildaily.com |

GYPSUM — Eagle Valley volleyball might want to consider lightening up a little bit.

“They’re a little tight, a little nervous,” Devils coach Jackie Rindy joked.

And all season, the Eagle Valley spikers have been grooving to the music between sets — libero Jillian Byron always shows her moves as she subs in before each game.

And there is a method to the madness.

“If they’re having fun, they play well. That’s what it boils down to.”Jackie RindyEagle Valley volleyball coach

“If they’re having fun, they play well. That’s what it boils down to,” said Rindy, who celebrated her 24th-or-so birthday on Sunday. “If we have fun, they play well. They play together. If they don’t have fun, they make unforced errors.”

So singing “Happy Birthday” to their coach between the second and third sets of a 25-13, 25-10, 25-18 win over Glenwood Springs on Tuesday was just standard operating procedure.

Serving and smashing

In the first two games, Molly Jewett served the Devils out to big leads. In the second game, Eagle Valley (13-2 overall and 8-0 in the Slope) sent only three to the serving line, Jewett, Becy Glutova and Haley Carpenter.

When the team needed attacks and kills, well, there’s a Lassa on this team, which is always a good thing. Alex graduated in 2012, after helping the Devils to state in 2010. Now, the Devils have Emma, a junior, and there is a genetic resemblance, particularly in the way they both smash the ball.

“She’s definitely my inspiration as a player, but I do try to have the separation because I want to be my own person,” she said.

Lassa, Glutova and Kylie Martin were doing their thing and Elyse Fitzpatrick and Teaghan Mercer also got their swings in against the Demons.

Next up for both football and volleyball are huge games against Palisade on Friday. The spikers are at Palisade. Eagle Valley can all but wrap up the league title with a win against the Bulldogs, who are 6-1 in the Slope.

“It’s hard to beat a team three times in one year, so our girls have to stay focused and take care of the ball,” said Rindy, noting that the Devils and Bulldogs also meet down in Denver in nonconference play. “I think our leadership will allow us to do that.”

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, cfreud@vaildaily.com and @cfreud.

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