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Club team defies school allegiances

Aspen Times Staff

An under-17 club volleyball team based out of Glenwood Springs is exercising its Demons. And its Rams, Skiers, Longhorns and Cowboys, for that matter. That’s because there are no school allegiances when it comes to the U17 Defiance, an all-star team featuring players from five different local high schools.The roster includes five first-team all-conference and one honorable-mention selection from the 2005 high school season.The players from the two upvalley high schools are Hayley Ortmann, Megan Raczak and Brittany Zanin from Aspen; and Elisabeth Nemiec, Sam Christiansen, Bailey Holmes and Dayne Toney from Basalt. The other team players are Erica Pelland from Roaring Fork, Heather Smyth from Glenwood Springs and Amye Brown from Meeker.The Defiance practices twice a week in Glenwood Springs and plays in power tournaments in the Rocky Mountain Region on the weekends. There are six divisions in the RMR, each with eight teams. Each team earns its spot in a respective division based on how well it performs in the opening seeding tournament. The team then has the ability to move up or down throughout the season depending on tournament results.Division 1 consists of the top teams in the region, while Division 6 is the lowest. The Defiance was in Division 2 at the beginning of the season, but since has moved up to the top division after solid results in its first two tournaments this season.The team won its opening tournament, then moved up two spots in the rankings at the second tournament last month. Entering its most recent tournament last weekend, the team was ranked 10th out of 52 U17 squads in the RMR. Results from that tournament were not immediately available.


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