Bulldogs rebound from tough loss to top Demons

Palisade’s Morgan Thieszen blocks a Glenwood Springs kill attempt Thursday night during the Bulldogs’ 25-19,25-14, 22-25, 28-26 victory.

The Palisade High School volleyball team rebounded from a stunning loss to Delta with a seesaw 25-19, 25-14, 22-25, 28-26 win over Glenwood Springs on Thursday night.

“We didn’t control our errors against Delta,” coach Wendy MacAskill said. “We didn’t have that tonight. We played cleaner and ultimately played together.”

Despite having a taller front line, the Bulldogs struggled to close out the Demons quickly during their homecoming match.

Glenwood hung around in the first set after Palisade (10-3, 5-1 Western Slope League) put three of its first five kill attempts wide and committed four service errors. After the Demons drew even at 16-16, Palisade let the Demons (5-6, 1-4 WSL) stay close until late in the set, when the Bulldogs scored six unanswered points to win 25-19.

The Demons went up 5-4 to begin the second set, but seniors Audrey Steinkirchner and Mecia Dearth led a pair of five-point runs as the Bulldogs cruised to a 25-14 second-set victory capped by a cross-court kill from Dearth.

“We were controlling the tempo and doing what we needed to do to earn our own points, rather than giving our opponents points by making mistakes,” MacAskill said.

The Demons took an early lead again in the third set — and this time not relinquishing the lead. A 4-1 start helped Glenwood Springs win the third set 25-22.

“We focused on the basics and went back to what we learned when we train,” Dearth said. “That helped us recover from the slow start.”

The Bulldogs rediscovered their rhythm in the fourth set, jumping to a 9-4 lead with the help of five more kills from Steinkirchner. The Demons wouldn’t go away, coming back to force extra games, but Palisade eventually closed out the match 28-26.

“We were more aggressive and just found spots to swing away,” Steinkirchner said.

Steinkirchner led the Bulldogs with 19 kills, four blocks and three aces. Dearth added 12 kills and an ace of her own. Junior Shannon Rhodes had 37 assists and senior Jenny Thibodeau had 14 digs.

Palisade has the week off before traveling to Craig to face off against Moffat County. Palisade swept Moffat County, who is still winless in league play, earlier this month.


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