Glenwood tops Moffat in volleyball

David Pressgrove

The Moffat County volleyball team knew where Glenwood Springs’ all-state middle blocker Leah Hinkley was going to go every time on offense. But as the saying goes, “knowing is half the battle.”

Hinkley rose up over would-be blockers for 16 kills as the Demons defeated the Bulldogs 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-10, 25-17).

“I could tell the girls every time what she would do,” Moffat coach Becky Jackson said. “It’s frustrating when there were no surprises but you can’t do anything.”

With Hinkley up front to start every game, the Demons jumped out to early leads all four times. With Hinkley in the back row the Bulldogs rallied to get back in the match in all but the third game.

In the third game the Demons kept Moffat from scoring on a serve.

“We did well getting sideouts today,” Glenwood coach Scott Nykerk said. “The best way to win a match is to sideout quickly.”

Moffat coach Becky Jackson was disappointed in her team’s inability to score after its own sideout.

“Today we had a lot of what I call controlled environment errors,” she said. “Those are mistakes that we can control and we didn’t.”

The Bulldogs finished the day with 10 service errors.

In the first meeting of the two teams, Glenwood won in three games but they were all closely contested.

Despite losing a game this time, Nykerk said his girls were more in control Saturday.

“I really felt we controlled the match,” he said.

“They started tipping and we lost some ball control in the second game but we recovered well.”

In the second game Moffat County scored eight consecutive points off of senior April Sanchez’s serve. They went from trailing 8-13 to leading 16-13. Four Demon hitting errors helped the rally. Moffat kept the Demons at a distance the rest of the game for the win.

“The second game we kept the momentum,” Sanchez said. “The rest of the match I didn’t think we had a very good feel. We made mistakes into the net and couldn’t read balls that were out very well.”

Hinkley started the game with two powerful kills and the rest of her team continued to get the ball to her the rest of the match.

Glenwood came away with a sweep for the day. The junior varsity and freshmen Demons won both matches in three games.

Next up for the varsity Bulldogs, 4-5 in the league and 7-6 overall, is a road trip to Grand Junction to take on Grand Junction High. The match starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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