By ELWOOD K. SHELTON
Daily Press writer
A win is a win.
Not only was Saturday's win against Battle Mountain a win, but it may just be the momentum-booster the volleyball team has been looking for.
Although the Lady Bulldogs beat Battle Mountain (2-13) early in the season, the 'Dogs haven't posted a win since then five games ago.
Saturday's momentum-boosting win comes before this week's games against the Western Slope Conferences (WSC) top-two teams Glenwood Springs (8-2), and Steamboat Springs (10-1).
"After playing Rifle so close Thursday and beating Battle Mountain Saturday, we really think we can beat Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs this week," senior Katie Telfer said. "We've been as good as every team we've played this year, and physically as capable, it's just been the mental mistakes that have killed us."
Motivated by Saturday's win, the Lady Bulldogs are ready for their two upcoming matches. In the first meeting with both Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs, the Lady Bulldogs were competitive in all but one of the four sets.
"We played good games against Steamboat and Glenwood when we first played them," coach Vicki Haddan said. "Hopefully, the win is what we needed to get up for the end of the year. Hopefully, we can start out against two good teams."
Limiting mental mistakes was the key to the Lady Bulldogs win against Battle Mountain. The team stayed consistent for two sets, which is something the team hasn't seen all season.
The Lady Bulldogs won in two sets, winning 15-10, 16-14.
The Battle Mountain team came out much improved in the Lady Bulldogs second meeting, but fell behind in the first set, never regained their momentum, and allowing Moffat County to lead for most of the match.
The second set stayed close, but drew even closer at the end, when the Huskies made a run forcing the Lady 'Dogs to win in extra points.
Once again, three seniors top the charts in statistics, all in separate categories. Amber Sanchez lead the team in kills with 10, Ashliegh Gregg lead in digs with 11 and Katie Telfer came up with 10 assists.
"One of the reasons we've been playing closer games and winning is because were becoming more consistent," Haddan said. "With the win Saturday, the whole idea of being consistent will be reinforced."