The Moffat County High School volleyball team found out first hand how long a rally scoring match can last in its match against Eagle Valley this weekend.
"We just ran out of stamina the last two games," said coach Becky Howlett. "It was sort of a rude awakening for them with the new rules of rally scoring."
With rally scoring, a team gets a point when they win a play regardless if they are serving or not. Traditionally, the high school scoring allows points only when serving.
The Bulldogs lost the match, 25-23, 23-25, 25-20, 20-25, 11-15. With no game separated by more than four points Howlett said it was something to watch.
"They put on a show," she said. "It was a good, solid match to watch, if we could have only pulled it out."
The Bulldogs worked on their offense Monday after what Howlett witnessed Saturday.
"We really only have one power hitter in Brittany Hutton right now," Howlett said. "The other girls were just trying to get the ball over the net against Eagle Valley and we need more firepower."
Howlett also talked to her team about maintaining momentum and regaining it after losing a point.
"They did a good job Saturday keeping their high play at a plateau but when there was a bad point, we would plateau with bad play, too," she said. "They need to rebound from mistakes better."
The Bulldogs didn't have much time to dwell on the Eagle Valley loss as they travel to Steamboat Springs today.
Howlett said she felt good about her team's chances against the defending state runner-ups if the team she knows shows up.
"If we can play like the team I saw in three fourths of the Eagle Valley game, we'll do well," she said. "If that happens, Steamboat won't know what happened."
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