MCHS spikers earn huge victory

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— Revenge.

That's exactly what the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team got Friday against the Glenwood Springs Demons in a conference matchup at the high school gym.

A week ago in Glenwood, the Bulldogs (4-5, 1-1) dropped a three game-match to the Demons. This time MCHS downed the Demons, 15-9, 8-15 and 15-6.

"It was great to come out and win a three-game set," said varsity coach Vicki Haddan. "The most important thing is that we won a league game. Our kids played so much better tonight (Friday) than the last time we played Glenwood."

Offensively, the Bulldogs were paced by senior Camie Hillewaert who finished the night with 15 kills. Seniors Liz Knights, Megan Gregg and Sarah Haslem all finished with four kills. Junior setter Emily Mortensen passed out 19 assists.

"The thing that improved the most during the week was our defense," said Haddan. "We worked all week on defense and tonight we picked up a lot of balls that we haven't picked up during the season."

In the junior varsity game, the Bulldogs downed the Demons, 15-13 and 15-7.

"Tonight I felt the girls played really strong," said JV coach Misty Jones.

"They have their strengths going and they are working well together."

Jones believes her team is starting to come together.

"Up to this point we have been playing really strong," said Jones. "The last couple of games have been rough. We lost to SoRoCo on Monday and Fruita Monument on Tuesday. We finished this week on a positive note."

In the freshmen game, the Bulldogs edged the Demons, 15-13 and 15-11.

"The freshman have been playing really well," said freshmen coach Karen Rohnke. "They have been playing as a team and they have showed a lot of hustle and heart. Tonight we were down in both game and we came back and won both games. They just never give up on themselves."

Rohnke said the freshmen squad is improving each game.

"This season we have improved each match out," said Rohnke. "That's what I am looking for in all the kids that they are getting better each time out."

The Bulldogs varsity team will return to the court on the road at 7 p.m. Thursday against Steamboat Springs. The freshmen will start the day at 5 p.m. followed by the junior varsity at 6 p.m.

"It is awesome to finish the week with the win," said Haddan. "Hopefully it will give us some momentum for the three road games that we have coming up."

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