In a volleyball game that went faster than the blink of an eye, the Palisade Bulldogs defeated the Glenwood Demons in straight sets on Thursday night in a Slopes League game of the West 4A at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.
The scores set at 25-11, 25-15, 25-16 were indicative of the Bulldogs’ dominance in both offense and defense from start to finish.
Glenwood never led the game, in large part because of the play of Kendyl MacAskill, the 6-foot-1 Palisade senior star.
For much of the evening the net was like a trickle of slow water in a stream where the big fish come to feed for the Bulldogs. Palisade made a habit of blocking attempts to take out demons and finding unoccupied areas of the floor for scores that thwarted any fleeting momentum Glenwood could create.
Senior demons Reese Goluba managed to dig several Bulldog shots out of the ground and junior Charlotte Olszewski contributed a few kills in the first set. But Glenwood was never able to mount a serious threat to Palisade’s big lead.
The Demons faced only a 2-1 deficit to open the second set, but with junior Ella Yanowich giving the Bulldogs a solid run on the service line, the visitors opened up a 12-4 lead. , forcing Glenwood head coach Kehau Rust to take a time out to try to stop Palisade’s assault.
After the stoppage of play, Demon junior Kenzie Winder brought his team down to 17-12 with a solid streak of serves, and Olszewski blew up another hard spike. But, true to form, Palisade responded with blocks from MacAskill and 6ft colleague Elizabeth Hawkins to keep Glenwood at bay.
The last set of the night followed much the same storyline as the previous two, with the Bulldogs topping 4-0, 15-8. Winder pulled off a powerful kill as the Demons refused to throw in the towel, but Glenwood was never able to bring the deficit down to a manageable level in the latter stages of the set to make a legitimate comeback attempt.
“We have a lot of work to do, but this is only our second game with full roster,” said Rust. “We are still working on how to form a team with our whole team. “
Playing their final season in a Glenwood volleyball uniform, Seniors Goluba, Emily DeMoraes, Avery Cole and Kiah Larson were honored ahead of the game.
The Demons (3-4, 1-2 WSL) will be on leave until next Tuesday when they make a trip to Edwards to take on the Battle Mountain Huskies.
ohThursday evening prepare the action
Boys football: Battle Mountain 6, rifle, 0; Telluride 2, CRMS 0.