Bulldogs get spiked at district tournament

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The Moffat County High School volleyball team season ended abruptly Saturday at the district volleyball tournament in Steamboat Springs.

On Friday, in pool play the Rifle Bears downed the Bulldogs, 15-9 and 15-7. In the second match of the day the Montrose Indians beat MCHS, 15-3 and 15-11.

On Saturday in the Bulldogs final match of the day the Cortez Panthers ran past the Bulldogs, 15-2 and 15-3. MCHS finished the season with an 8-12 record.

"All of us were disappointed with the way we played on Friday," said coach Vicki Haddan. "We played much better Saturday, but it was a little too late. Against Cortez the score doesn't justify how close it was. At one point when they were ahead 3-0 in the first game we had six sideouts."

In the first game against the Rifle Bears, MCHS jumped out to an early 5-1 lead. Rifle regrouped and scored eight straight points to go up 9-5. MCHS closed the gap to 9-7, but the Bears would hang on for the 15-9 victory.

In game two, Rifle came out firing on all cylinders, taking a 9-2 lead and the Bears never let up.

"You have to give the Rifle coach credit, because they used a triple block set against us and they tipped the ball against us and they didn't do that before," said Haddan.

Offensively against the Bears Cammie Hillewaert, a senior, had five kills and Amber Sanchez, a sophomore, and Sarah Haslem, a senior, finished with three kills. Setter Emily Mortensen, a junior, finished with 14 assists.

Against Montrose, the Bulldogs started out slow as the Indians raced to a 6-3 lead. Montrose then scored nine points in a row to close out game one.

In the second game Montrose once again didn't waste any time to get going as they jumped ahead, 6-0.

Behind the strong serving of Hilleweart, the Bulldogs scored five straight points to cut the lead to 6-5.

Montrose then went ahead 14-8, but MCHS did scored three points for a three-point game at 14-11. Montrose put the game away to win by four.

In the Montrose match Hillewaert paced the team with seven kills and Mortensen passed out 13 assists.

"Against Montrose we got warmed up in the second game, but it was a little too late," said Haddan. "Heading into the season our goal was to finish in the top three of our conference and we finished in second place. Next year we want to get out of pool play at the district tournament."

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