Volleyball team qualifies for regionals

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The bright spot in a weekend of Moffat County High School athletics was the volleyball team qualifying for the regional tournament with a second-place finish in their district.

"It was a fabulous weekend," said coach Becky Howlett. "No one expected it but ourselves and we did it."

The Bulldogs will continue their post-season run with a regional tournament this weekend at Ralston Valley High School in Golden.

To qualify, the Bulldogs won their pool with wins over second seed Northridge, Niwot and Falcon. A 26-24, 25-18, 25-23 win against Niwot got the Bulldogs started and it would be the last three-game match of the weekend. The Bulldogs rallied after losing the first game to Falcon to win 22-25, 25-18, 25-22 and 25-18. The top seed from the pool, Northridge, also took the first game from Moffat County but again the blue and white rallied for the 22-25, 25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 15-9 win.

All day when we rallied the other teams faded," Howlett said. "The girls were thankful for a hard week of practice that got them conditioned."

Once out of pool play, the Bulldogs took on the top seed of the tournament, Thomas Jefferson. Again they rallied to get the win and solidify a spot into the regional. The match against the host team went, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 20-25, 15-7.

Pine Creek ended the Bulldogs' winning streak at seven matches as they defeated Moffat County, 12-25, 25-21, 25-23, 15-25, 17-15.

"It was a long, long day," Howlett said. "Both teams were exhausted by the end of the match but we made it and that was outstanding."

The Bulldogs are the 13th seed out of 16 left in Class 4A. Their regional will consist of Ralston Valley, Montezuma-Cortez and Berthoud.

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

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