Volleyball team ends on upside

The rollercoaster continued for the Moffat County volleyball team Thursday night, but the ride ended with the team members holding their hands up high and cheering.

The Bulldogs defeated Eagle Valley in four games, 30-28, 25-14, 16-25, 25-15.

"One night, all I want from them is to be mentally consistent," coach Backy Jackson said. "I don't care if it's up or down, I just want them to be on the same plane."

First, the ups on the night.

The Bulldogs improved from their previous hitting percentage in the second and fourth game. The 'Dogs had three errors in the second game and no errors in the fourth game.

Sophomore Amy Dilldine had a thunderous kill with the score 12-8 in the final game.

"Amy usually tips the ball, so it was big for her to get a kill like that," said junior setter Shaylyn Kawcak. "Overall, I thought we picked it up compared to last week."

Jackson has been working on Dilldine's approach all season.

"She's so young, she's still working on her confidence," Jackson said. "She kills the ball in practice and then she reverts to tipping in games. Maybe that kill will help her for the rest of the season."

In the first game, the Bulldogs fought off three game points for Eagle Valley before pulling ahead for the win.

"(Moffat) fought for the ball every play," Eagle Valley coach Rob Crawford said.

The Bulldogs rallied for seven straight points off senior Mare Katherine's serve in the second game, and they had another rally of five consecutive points in the fourth game.

Crawford never called timeout during those rallies to try to ice the 'Dogs.

"The girls hear my voice enough," he said about his young team, which had to replace five starters this year. "They need to hear their own voices to turn themselves around."

The win moved the Bulldogs to 3-3 in the Western Slope League. The Devils are now 1-5.

Now for the downs.

The Bulldogs were up 20-13 in the first game before allowing the Devils to tie it at 22. Moffat had seven hitting errors in the game, most of which came after they were up by seven.

Also, the third game was never close as the Devils led from the first serve.

"Eagle Valley kept handing it to us in the third game with service errors, and we never did anything with it," Jackson said. "We couldn't perform basic skills that game."

Crawford noted that service errors took his girls out of the match.

"We had 12 service errors," he said. "If we were serving aggressively with a jump serve, 12 service errors wouldn't be bad, but we're not serving aggressively."

Jackson would like to see some things tighten up before the next match.

"We're still a little leaky on our blocks," she said. "But we saw some good things tonight."

Crawford thought the Bull----dogs were a team that would improve.

"We definitely haven't seen Moffat at their best yet," he said. "They're going to keep getting better."

Moffat County is now 3-0 at home this year, and they go on the road against league-leading Battle Mountain on Sat--urday. The Huskies dispatched Steamboat Springs in three games Thurs--day.


David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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