The final matches of the season for the Craig Middle School volleyball teams were ones to build on.
They both finished the season with victories over Steamboat Springs.
"We ended on a good note and I hope they can build from that next year," said seventh-grade coach Ann Stehlin.
Last weekend, the Bulldogs hosted a season-ending tournament. The eighth-grade team was hoping to land in the championship, the seventh graders simply wanted to win a match.
The eighth-grade team fell short of its goal with a 16-14, 12-15, 1-15 loss to Rangely in the first match of the tournament. The Bulldogs rebounded to defeat Steamboat, 15-3, 15-17, 15-7, for third place in the four-team tournament.
"We felt that we should have been in the championship game," said eighth-grade head coach Diana Booco. "But when you're not playing as a team, the results are not going to be in your favor the majority of the time."
With an 1-1 record in the tournament, the eighth-grade finished the season at 4-6. In addition, the B-team was 4-8 and the C-team was 5-6.
Entering into the tournament, the seventh-grade A-team was 0-5 on the season. The Bulldogs fell, 7-15, 12-15, to Meeker. In the third-place match, the Bulldogs put together their best performance to win, 15-13, 17-15.
"There was a ton of improvement throughout the season," Stehlin said. "The quality of teams in the league was really high."
One aspect that is normally looked upon positively that may have had an adverse effect for the coaches was the number of athletes on each team.
"We had so many girls (48) it was hard as a coach to help each of them learn," Stehlin said.
"We had 32 girls out, which makes everyday a challenge to teach them everything they need to know by the first game," Booco said.
Overall, both coaches said they were happy with the season's results.
"I had a great season and enjoyed working with this group of athletes," Booco said.
"By the end of the season everybody was playing quality volleyball," Stehlin said. "With a group that started out pretty green, it was nice to see their progress."