GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The volleyball team from Glenwood Springs High School found a way to dig itself out of trouble against the Summit Tigers on Tuesday. Literally.
The Demons turned away nearly every attack the Tigers had in their Class 4A Western Slope League match, racking up 32 digs as a team on their way to a 25-18, 25-23, 25-18 victory for the Demons’ third victory over Summit this season.
“Man, that Glenwood team was digging,” Summit coach Liz Waddick said. “Our outside hitters had a real hard time putting anything down against them.”
That defense for the Demons (13-8 overall, 7-4 league play) opened up the door to some output on offense, also. Glenwood got five kills and an ace from Laura McDermott, 18 assists and five kills from Delaney Gaddis and four kills from Jaime Crowley, whose defensive play at the net also helped Glenwood keep the Tigers from putting much offense together.
“We changed up our defense at the beginning of the year and since then, there’s not a whole lot of things that hit the floor,” Glenwood coach Sarah Ryan said. “We have a great group of defenders. They hustle and get everything.”
Emily Wallace finished with a match-high six kills, Lexi Zangari added 23 assists and Kates Raymond chipped in three service aces for Summit (7-14, 2-9), who took the Demons to four sets during the Tigers’ home tournament this past weekend. Summit also took the lead halfway through the second and third sets, but Glenwood’s fired-up senior class — playing on senior night — helped make that short lived.
“We just wanted it so bad for senior night just to prove we could beat a team three times,” said McDermott, who was part of senior-night festivities along with Gaddis, Taylor Kontour, Alessandra Bartoccetti and Kallie Felkey.
Summit, however, seemed to take control in the second set when a modest 5-1 run — sparked by the first of consecutive service aces from Raymond — gave the Tigers a 21-19 lead. A kill from McDermott on Glenwood’s end followed, however, and sparked a 6-2 run for the Demons that gave Glenwood a two-set cushion.
Glenwood dug Summit into a hole to start the third, taking a 10-5 lead on a net violation by the Tigers. A kill by Raymond, however, was the first of four consecutive Summit points that brought the Tigers within 10-9.
But the Demons held on, using an 8-2 run to close out the match after a pair of hitting errors from the Demons had brought the Tigers within 16-15.
Glenwood will finish up league play on Thursday at Delta on Thursday. The Tigers also finish league play against Delta, with their match coming at home on Saturday.