Road full of bumps for Bulldogs

MCHS volleyball drops games to Meeker and Grand Junction during weekend, falls to 1-4

The Bulldog volleyball team had a bumpy weekend.

Heading to Meeker on Friday night and Grand Junction's Central High School on Saturday, the Bulldogs came out 0-2.

The losses put Moffat County's record at 1-4.

Friday

The Bulldogs took on Meeker Friday and came out strong against the 2A school, winning game one 25-20. But the rest of the night was a struggle for Moffat County.

"I'm not really sure what happened," interim coach Deb Yoast said. "I think it was one of those mental things."

Saturday

The Bulldogs pushed the Class 5A Central High School Warriors to five games, but were unable to capitalize on opportunities at the net.

"We were playing like we can play," Yoast said. "When the fourth game started, we were out of energy. If we want to take teams to five games, we need to get in better physical condition."

The Bulldogs lost game one, 24-26, but took games two and three, 25-23 and 25-22, but Central's hitting power was too much, and the Bulldogs lost games three and four, 16-25, 6-15.

"We definitely had Central thinking," Yoast said. "We had a lot of awesome blocks and attacks."

Although things were going well for the Bulldogs on Saturday, Yoast said missing junior outside hitter Angie Charchalis has been difficult.

"She's effective as she can be on the bench," Yoast said. "But on the court we miss what she adds to the team."

Juniors Kari Griffin and Amy Dilldine led the Bulldogs on the attack, with 12 and 10 kills respectively.

"Kari can really be a power hitter and blocker," Yoast said.

Griffin is in her first year on varsity and has proven to be a key element in the Bulldogs game plan.

Amy Dilldine is also picking up her game and Yoast said Sharina Simpson wasn't far behind.

Up next for the Bulldogs is a trip to Rifle on Thursday to take on the Bears.

Melanie McDaniels can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or mmcdaniels@craigdailypress.com.

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