It wasn't exactly the ending the Moffat County Bulldog volleyball players were looking for, but they are still alive for another week.
The league-winning and top-rated Battle Mountain Huskies shut down the Bulldogs, 25-12, 25-14, 25-19, on Saturday at Battle Mountain High School.
"I'm not disappointed with my girls," coach Brianna Mont--gomery said. "We did a lot of good things. We just waited a little too long to realize that we can play with them."
The first game wasn't pretty for the Bulldogs, who played back and had a delayed reaction to every Battle Mountain ball.
"There were a couple of girls who were intimidated," senior Diedra Gray said.
Maybe that's because each of the eight Huskies seniors is going to play college volleyball.
"They're a good team," Mont--gomery said.
The Huskies came out hard during Game 1 and pumped the ball on Moffat County's side of the net. Senior Nicole Penwill served it up for 10 points and an 11-3 Battle Mountain lead.
During the first game, the Bulldogs never served for more than three points in a row, struggled to pass and committed seven errors.
The second game was better for Moffat County, but the Bulldogs still weren't at the level where Montgomery wants them to be.
The Bulldogs started off hot, trading points with the Huskies. Tied 3-3, junior Kari Griffin got a beautiful set outside from Meghan Innes and pounded the ball down the line. The 4-3 advantage was the first lead the Bulldogs had seen all day.
After that point, Battle Moun--tain continued to chip away at the Bulldogs, using set plays and a series of strong defense to build their lead to 18-11. An error by Moffat County closed out Game 2 and put the Bulldogs down, 0-2.
"We started off slow in the first and second games," Huskies setter Britney Brown said.
Brown said the Bulldogs have improved since the last time her team faced them.
"They were digging our balls and blocking us," Brown said.
Battle Mountain coach Brian Doyan had similar comments about Moffat County, saying the team looked much better.
"They played stronger than last time," Doyan said.
The third game was the best for Moffat County. Tying the game four times, the Bulldogs took advantage of the Huskies' 17 errors.
"We got kind of lazy the third game," Brown said. "It wasn't the best win, but it was nice to get it off our shoulders before districts."
With the score tied 7-7, the Huskies used two consecutive Bulldog errors to go up 9-7 and hold on to the lead for the rest of the game.
"The last game, we definitely played better," Gray said.
Although it was a three-game loss for Moffat County, things are looking a little brighter heading into this week.
Now locked in for the district tournament, the Bulldogs will hit the road for the beginning of a new season.
"We just have to go into districts with nothing to lose," junior Angie Charchalis said. "It's teams we've never seen before, and those teams haven't seen us either."
The Bulldogs find out today whom and where they will play.