Lady Bulldogs stuck in pool play

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By ELWOOD K. SHELTON
Daily Press writer
It was goals met, and goals missed.
At least it was that way for senior volleyball player Katie Telfer. Telfer was pleased the volleyball team met its goal of making the district tournament this year but was disappointed when the team failed to make it out of pool play.
Making it out of pool play is something the seniors have never accomplished in their high school career.
Playing three matches in pool play in Friday and Saturday's Cortez tournament, the Lady Bulldogs (4-14) won one game. They lost their first two matches in two games and in the last game they kept the third match going to three games.
"Our first two games were really rough," Telfer said. "It seemed like everything was off, and we couldn't pull it back together."
The only game that the Lady Bulldogs had it pulled together in was the second one against Montrose (9-12), a team they didn't face until the district tournament. The girls won the game 15-12, and were led by two seniors offensively.
Telfer and Ashliegh Gregg led the Lady 'Dogs offense with 20 combined kills, with Telfer racking up 12 of them.
"We played well the entire game against Montrose, the kids really stepped it up," coach Vicki Haddan said. "It was good they at least got one game won in the tournament."
The Lady Bulldogs squared off against the Glenwood Springs Demons (12-4) first, the regular season champions of the Western Slope Conference.
The Lady 'Dogs ended their regular season with a win over the Demons in three games. In districts the worm had turned in Glenwood Springs' direction, as they won the match in two sets, winning 15-6 and 15-11.
The Bulldogs then played Palisade (16-7-1), a team they had never beat in regular season play and didn't beat in district play. Palisade got the jump on the Lady 'Dogs in the two games they played, putting the girls down 15-7 in both games.
The team finished the tournament Saturday against Montrose, with the one game they won. The girls dropped the other two games 15-12 and 15-11.
"The one thing that was really impressive about how the girls played was their defense," Haddan said. "It was the girls never say die attitude which kept them going, and kept them from letting anything hit the floor."
The team will take somewhat of a hit after this season, in terms of player experience. The Lady Bulldogs will lose a total of five seniors after this season, nearly their entire starting line-up. Although, the team will take a hit in its ranks, many of the seniors see a bright future ahead for the underclassmen.
"Once the younger girls get some more experience under their belts they'll be fine," Telfer said. "Not to mention, there was a good amount who played varsity this season."

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