MCHS spikers stand in second place

The Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team finished the weekend with a 2-0 record and clinched a spot for the district tournament in Steamboat Springs Oct. 29-30.

The Bulldogs improved to 9-7 overall and 5-2 in conference.

"It's such an improvement going from last place like we were last year in our league to second place," said varsity coach Vicki Haddan. "If we beat Steamboat Springs on Thursday then we will be tied for first."

At home against the Delta Panthers Friday, the Bulldogs won in two games, 15-3 and 15-11.

Offensively for MCHS Cammie Hillewaert, a senior, had nine kills. Megan Gregg, a senior, finished with five kills and Amber Sanchez, a junior, and Sarah Haslem, a senior had four each. Setter Emily Mortensen, a junior, finished with 18 assists.

"The Delta game was a good game for us," said Haddan. "We missed a lot of serves, but we fought hard. We still won the match and that was great."

In the junior varsity game, the Bulldogs won in three, 15-11, 11-15, and 15-13. In the freshmen game MCHS downed Delta, 15-12 and 15-12.

On the road Saturday, the varsity team edged the Rifle Bears, 7-15, 15-10, and 15-7. Once again Hillewaert paced the team with 11 kills. Liz Knights, a senior, had seven kills and Gregg finished with five.

"The Rifle game was really exciting to beat them at home," said Haddan. "It was pretty unexpected win because I think that a lot of people were surprised that we beat them. Our kids played awesome."

In the junior varsity game, Rifle beat the Bulldogs in three, 15-13, 4-15, and 15-13. In the freshmen contest the Bears edged MCHS, 15-9, 5-15 and 2-15.

The varsity team will return to the court at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when the Bulldogs host Steamboat Springs in a key conference match. The freshmen will start the day at 4:30 p.m. followed by the junior varsity game at 5:30 p.m.

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