Steamboat’s Alex Feeley, right front, and Maggie Crouch fight for a ball at the net Thursday. The Sailors fell to the Glenwood Springs Demons in four games. They return to the court Friday night at home against Eagle Valley.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Steamboat’s Alex Feeley, right front, and Maggie Crouch fight for a ball at the net Thursday. The Sailors fell to the Glenwood Springs Demons in four games. They return to the court Friday night at home against Eagle Valley.

Steamboat volleyball falls in 4 games to Glenwood Springs

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— Big blocks and big swings made the difference for the Glenwood Springs High School volleyball team Thursday night.

Each game was close, but the Demons maintained their composure and their power to the end and waltzed out of Steamboat Springs with a 3-1 victory.

“They just found the floor more often than us,” Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said. “Our defense played well. Our ball control was good, and we fought really hard. I was super happy with the effort, but their offense was finding the floor more than ours.”

That effort kept the Sailors close throughout the night. Every game was tied or within a point midway through, but in three of four games, Glenwood went big and pulled away for the victory. The Demons won, 25-19, 25-21, 25-27, 25-20.

The Sailors were led by Alex Feeley, who finished with 11 kills, but the way Glenwood dealt with her and Steamboat’s other big swingers was the deciding factor. The Demons controlled the net when they had to, putting up crushing blocks that slowed Steamboat.

In fact, the fourth set’s final point was illustrative of the entire match: Senior Kenzie Nelson-Buehler rose above the net and knocked down a big Sailor kill attempt, locking up the win.

“We worked on that all week,” Glenwood coach Sarah Ryan said. “I told them, ‘Great job with the blocking. It paid off.’ That’s something we’ve been having a hard time with.”

Ryan pointed to right-side hitter Mikaela Richardson and setter Delaney Gaddis as her team’s top players of the night.

Steamboat, meanwhile, also got good play from Mikaila Jegtvig, who had seven kills, and Shannon Ross, who provided five blocks.

The win bumps Glenwood to 7-3 and 4-0 in the league. Steamboat slipped to 7-6 and 2-3.

Steamboat has a quick turnaround, returning to the court for a 6:30 p.m. match Friday against Eagle Valley. That could be just the thing the Sailors, who have lost three in a row, need. They beat the Devils in four games earlier this month.

“If we have the same kind of effort (against Eagle Valley), we’ll be in good shape,” Hall said.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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