Demons’ volleyball wins a thriller in 5

The Demons got a thriller Tuesday night in Cortez.

The Durango High School volleyball team threw everything it had at the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers, and the Panthers threw it all right back.

Almost.

The Demons won in five sets – 25-22, 20-25, 26-24, 21-25, 15-5.

“It was quite the match,” DHS assistant coach Colleen Keresey said. “Cortez never fails in that.”

The tight match had a lot more to do with the Panthers’ triumphs than the Demons mistakes, she said.

“Nothing that we didn’t do,” Keresey said. “Cortez played out of their minds. They played amazing defense, and we couldn’t put a ball down.”

But in the fifth set, that finally changed for DHS, as Keresey said the girls finally worked the Montezuma-Cortez (7-6, 1-2 Southwestern League) defense with a combination of aggressive serving, key blocks at the net and offensive tips into space – a strategy she said could’ve won the game earlier.

“Then we just got tired of losing and kicked their butt for the fifth,” Keresey said.

“I think we finally broke them down.”

McKenna Franzen led the Demons with 13 kills, Jessie Brammer added 12, Hannah Quick had 10 and Bella Bernazzani nine.

Natalie Bulen had 42 assists for DHS.

“So we spread the net pretty well (Tuesday night),” Keresey said.

On defense, Kennedy Clark led the Demons with 30 digs.

“(Tuesday night) honestly was a team win,” Keresey said. “I feel like everyone got their fair share of digs and kills.”

With the win, the eighth-ranked (The Denver Post)Demons improved to 8-4 overall and 3-0 in the SWL.

They will host Grand Junction Central at 6 p.m. Friday at the Durango High School gymnasium, then will host Montrose at 11:30 a.m. Saturday during homecoming week.

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