Tough wasn't tough enough on Saturday at Moffat County High School.
The Bulldog volleyball team took on Glenwood Springs and fell just short, losing in four games, 21-25, 25-15, 23-25 and 25-20.
The Bulldogs came out hard against the Demons in game one, but were never able to establish a lead, and fell 21-25.
Demons head coach Scott Nykerk said his team was solid, especially after losing to Steamboat Springs on Thursday.
"This was big, to come here and come away with the win," Nykerk said.
The second game was a turnaround for Moffat County, which lead the entire game.
Up 12-5, with junior Kari Griffin serving, the outside hitter used a powerful jump serve for an ace and a 13-5 lead.
The Demons began to build a comeback, getting within four, but the Bulldogs used constant communication and two aces from junior Amy Dilldine to put the game away, 25-15.
The third game of the match was the pinnacle. Both teams battled for points and played solid defense.
"We should have won," Dilldine said.
The Bulldogs built a four-point lead, but let it slip away with missed blocks and missed attacks. Tied 10-10, the Demons received a monster kill from senior Heather Smyth to put them up by one.
The Bulldogs fought back, tying the game seven times at 13-13, 14-14, 15-15, 16-16, 18-18, 22-22 and 23-23.
It would be Smyth who would end things for Glenwood Springs, closing out the game with an ace.
"We play well in spurts," Nykerk said. "When we're out playing solid, we don't make many mistakes."
The Bulldogs started game four solid, but quickly deteriorated and fell behind.
"We had it and we didn't pull through," Dilldine said.
Moffat County tied the game at 6-6, then slipped and trailed the rest of the way. They built momentum on two aces from Griffin to put the Bulldogs within five, but that's as close as they would get.
A big tip by junior Markie Workman, got the Bulldogs a side out at 17-22, but Glenwood immediately bounced back with a play of their own -- a kill by senior Summer Sherman.
The Demons closed out the game 25-20 on a mishandle by sophomore Ariel Sanchez.
"We kind of fell apart that third game," interim head coach Deb Yoast said. "The first and second games were really good but the third game, we just got quiet."
Dilldine was in agreement with Yoast and said her teammates quit communicating during the third game and it carried over.
"We need to talk a lot more," Dilldine said. "We need to move our feet and read the ball better."
Dilldine had a solid night, finishing with three kills, four blocks and four service aces.
"I was happy with the way I played," Dilldine said after the match.
Kari Griffin led the Bulldogs with seven kills and matched Dilldine in blocks and aces, but was held back by a number of errors. MacKenzie Maneotis and Markie Workman recorded five and four kills, respectively, for the Bulldogs.
Smyth paced the Demons with eight kills for the match.
Up next for Moffat County is Delta at 5 p.m. Friday at Moffat County High School.
Melanie McDaniels can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or firstname.lastname@example.org.