It was way too quiet Saturday for coach Becky Howlett.
"They didn't come out communicating at all," the Moffat County High School volleyball coach said. "They are louder in practice than they were today."
The Bulldogs didn't make much noise in the match figuratively either, losing to Fruita-Monument in straight sets 15-25, 9-25, 13-25.
Maybe it was the fact that the match and the team's focus were delayed after a cable on the ceiling broke or it could have been that the team was drained after winning its first match of the season Thursday. Whatever it was, the Bulldogs never really snapped out of it.
"I think we just expected to come out and play like we did Thursday," senior MaRanda Camilletti said. "We didn't."
Two days prior, the Bulldogs traveled to Roosevelt, Utah for a match against Union High School. The 'Dogs took the match in straight sets, 25-23, 25-14, 25-15. Camilletti and junior Brenna Conci combined for more serving aces, 16, Thursday than the Bulldogs had points from the serve, 13, in Saturday's match.
"The thing is that Union was equal to or better than Fruita," Howlett said. "The girls came to play that day and today they didn't. We aren't good enough not to show up and win right now."
In losses against Steamboat Springs and Meeker, the Bulldogs struggled to recover from mistakes. Against Union they were able to rally after faltering and they were excited that they were gaining steps. The Fruita match could have been called "Setback Saturday."
"We did so good at Union," Camilletti said. "If we made a mistake, we'd get right back up and go after it. Today, we got down again."
Service rallies for the Wildcats of nine straight points in the first game and 13 consecutive in the second were signs of the Bulldogs' inability to refocus. The longest service rally Moffat County had was three straight points by senior Brandie Telfer in the first game.
"Against Steamboat we didn't kill the ball," Howlett said. "Again today we couldn't get very many powerful shots and we had too many unforced errors."
The good news for the Bulldogs was the match wasn't a league competition and that they get one more match, Tuesday at home against Rangely, before league play resumes.