Bulldogs overtake Battle Mountain

Victory puts volleyball team at .500 mark

As far as reaching goals set at the beginning of the season, the Moffat County High School volleyball team's match against Battle Mountain was a key competition. With a 3-0 win in the regular season's final match, the Bulldogs earned a chance to check off a couple of those goals.

"We set a goal of being .500 in the league and we were able to do that," Howlett said. "The 10-8 overall record is pretty good, too."

The Bulldogs went into the match game tied with the Huskies in the Western Slope Conference standings for fourth place. The winner of the match would earn a third-place seed in a district tournament next weekend. The loser would be at best a fifth seed in another district.

"The girls were really excited to get the win," coach Becky Howlett said. "It was a good win to end on."

The 25-22, 25-19, 25-20 win was the third consecutive in the league for the Bulldogs as they finished the regular season 6-6 in the WSC and a match ahead of the Huskies in the standings.

"The match seemed easy," Howlett said. "There were a few mental errors and poor passes but other than that they played really well."

Looking back at the season Howlett said the most marked improvement she saw from her team was in the mental aspect of the game.

"I was a little skeptical of their mental strength at the beginning of the season," she said. "But they really developed an ability to let mistakes go, in particular, the comeback against Rifle showed that."

The Bulldogs now have a week of practice to prepare for the district tournament with eight teams at a Denver area school. The Bulldogs haven't faced any of the teams in the tournament this year but Howlett seemed to think their chances were high to earn a trip to the regional tournament, which takes a top-two finish.

"We're going in as a third seed but I think we can play with anybody in the tournament," she said.

The team hasn't played in a tournament since the beginning of the season, so conditioning for an all day of matches will be the focus this week.

"Conditioning will be a big thing this week," she said. "We want to be ready for a long day."

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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