Steamboat Springs High School junior Meghan Rabbitt spikes the ball during Thursday night’s game against Glenwood Springs. Glenwood won, 17-25, 11-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-10.

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Steamboat Springs High School junior Meghan Rabbitt spikes the ball during Thursday night’s game against Glenwood Springs. Glenwood won, 17-25, 11-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-10.

Steamboat Springs volleyball falls in 5 to Glenwood Springs

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— Error-prone and on the brink of going home, Glenwood Springs High School volleyball coach Sarah Ryan quietly called a timeout in the third game of Thursday’s match in Steamboat Springs.

“I told them that wasn’t an option,” said Ryan, whose team had lost the first two games and was down, 23-15, in the third. “We didn’t drive 2 1/2 hours to lose in three and go home.”

And in an improbable comeback, one where Glenwood started like a junior varsity team and finished like a varsity one, the Demons came away Thursday with a 3-2 win against the Sailors.

Glenwood won, 17-25, 11-25, 26-24, 25-23,15-10.

“It’s never over,” Ryan said. “It was very scary. That’s a very good team. I was a little worried, but we’re never out until that final point.”

That essentially was the difference in the game. Whereas Steamboat seemingly couldn’t close out a match within its fingertips, Glenwood Springs seemed to play better the tighter it got.

The Sailors (4-6 overall, 0-3 in the Western Slope League) fell behind early in Game 1, but they ended on a 21-7 run to take the win. Steamboat couldn’t do anything wrong in the second game, routing Glenwood.

The Sailors jumped out to that 23-15 lead in the third game, when the Demons started to make a little comeback. The tighter it got, the better Glenwood played.

The Demons finished the third game on an 11-1 run to get the win.

Steamboat still was in good position, up, 19-14, in the fourth, when again Glenwood started climbing back. The Demons closed the fourth game out on an 11-4 run to send it to a deciding fifth game.

“Maybe we’re just waiting for them to hand us points like they did in the first 2 1/2 games,” Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said. “I can’t see how you can be that close to a win and can’t take it. We don’t know how to win right now. We flat can’t figure it out. Every match we’ve lost, we’ve been in it. Our confidence gets shaken very easily. We don’t have the mental toughness right now to step up and shift it back.”

In a fifth game that saw six lead changes and five ties, Glenwood took the final advantage with the game tied at 10.

The Demons (7-1, 1-1) reeled off 5 straight points for the win.

“This one is painful,” Hall said. “Being up 2 1/2 games and not being able to close it hurts.”

Glenwood gets back to action at 1 p.m. Saturday at home against Moffat County. Steamboat next plays at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Moffat.

Volleyball: Glenwood at Steamboat

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