Steamboat's Alexis Len tracks down a loose ball Thursday against Glenwood Springs. Despite some solid defense, the Sailors couldn't hang with the Demons and fell in three sets.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Steamboat's Alexis Len tracks down a loose ball Thursday against Glenwood Springs. Despite some solid defense, the Sailors couldn't hang with the Demons and fell in three sets.

Glenwood overpowers Steamboat volleyball, again

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— On paper, the Glenwood Springs-Steamboat Springs high school girls volleyball matchup should be one of the best of the season, two teams that have endured up-and-down seasons battling it out for a top-half finish in the Western Slope League.

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Maddie Robertson watches after slamming a kill Thursday against Glenwood Springs.

On the court, there doesn’t appear to be anything similar between the Demons and the Sailors. For the second time this season, Glenwood Springs overpowered Steamboat, cruising to a three-set victory Thursday night in Steamboat.

Glenwood won, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22.

The win effectively swaps the two teams in the standings, setting Glenwood in third and Steamboat in fourth.

Each set was close, at least until midway through. Steamboat led 13-10 in the second game, then after falling behind pulled within one point, 20-19. The Demons took advantage of an errant serve, however, scoring the next four points. They won the game when Glenwood’s Bella Diaz tipped the ball over the net for the final point.

Steamboat was within one late in the third game, 22-21, but once again couldn’t find that final surge. Jaime Crowley provided a big kill for Glenwood, and Taylor Kontour capped the game off.

“If we made a mistake, we went out and swung harder,” Demons coach Sarah Ryan said. “That’s the first time this year we’ve done that.”

Steamboat got plenty of hard hits, including enthusiastic slams from the likes of Maddie Robertson, Maddie Labor, Jenna Miller and Mikaila Jegtvig. It couldn’t ever solve Glenwood’s defense for long enough to get and stay ahead, however.

“We really stepped up and challenged them to a point where they had to play better,” Steamboat’s Labor said. “Their have-to-play-better was better than our have-to-play-better.”

Glenwood, meanwhile, often enough overcame a resolute Steamboat defense, one that saw plenty of saves that had a rowdy crowd screaming.

“Their defense was tough,” Ryan said. “Every time we swung hard, they touched everything.”

Steamboat returns to the court at 6 p.m. Friday for its final home game, senior night, against Rifle.

“We need to get up and try to fight for our seniors,” Labor said. “We need to remember that win or lose, it’s going to feel good if we give it our all. I don’t feel pressure. It’s more like excitement.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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