Glenwood Springs volleyball downs Steamboat in thriller |

Glenwood Springs volleyball downs Steamboat in thriller

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Glenwood Springs junior Delaney Gaddis, left, and Steamboat Springs senior Alex Feeley battle for a ball at the net during Thursday's match in Glenwood. Gaddis and the Demons held on for a five-game win.

— It almost never fails.

When Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs meet on the volleyball court, it quite often ends up being a long night.

That was certainly true in Glenwood on Thursday.

Getting 16 kills from Jenna Pearce, the host Demons gutted out a five-game win against the Sailors.

"I bet, if I got my scorebooks out from the last 10 years and looked at Steamboat vs. Glenwood, that out of the last 20 matches we played each other, at least 15 have gone to five," Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said. "Maybe that's shooting low. It's quite remarkable."

Glenwood held off the resilient Sailors in Thursday's thriller, prevailing, 25-16, 21-25, 25-18, 22-25 and 15-13.

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Wild momentum swings ruled the night.

"It's amazing," Demons coach Sarah Ryan said. "Momentum, that's the name of the game in volleyball."

Momentum came into major play in the fifth and deciding game, in which Glenwood took an early 10-2 lead behind an aggressive net attack. But Steamboat fought back, tying it at 11.

Laura McDermott responded with a kill for Glenwood to make it 12-11. Then McDermott and Delaney Gaddis paired up on a block, and McDermott shot a kill just inside the backline to push it to 14-11.

A serve into the net by the Demons and a block by the Sailors' Mikaila Jegtvig closed the gap to one.

McDermott came up big once again to close it out, getting her hands on a Jegtvig shot. The ball rattled off a defender or two and eventually found the court to bring the night to an end.

"I feel like we came together as a team when we really needed it," McDermott said.

Mikaela Richardson blasted 12 kills, Rachel Rosenberg finished with 31 digs, and Gaddis had 41 assists for Glenwood, which improved to 11-5 overall and to 8-2 in the 4A Western Slope League. The Demons are tied for first with Palisade (12-6, 8-2).

Alex Feeley finished with 12 kills and 19 digs for Steamboat (8-12, 3-8). Jegtvig had four solo blocks and assisted on three more. She also mixed in six kills. At the service line, Gabby Heron finished with three aces, and Carolyn Walters had two.

On tap for the Sailors is a trip to Battle Mountain on Thursday. Glenwood will play four matches at Saturday's Summit Tournament.

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