Moving forward

Volleyball team stepping in right direction

It was a milestone that Moffat County High School volleyball hadn't seen in 16 years. The win against rival Steamboat Springs on Tuesday night was one of epic proportions and a big step in the right direction.

Now 2-3 in league play, the Bulldogs will travel to Gypsum tonight for a showdown with Eagle Valley.

"It's a big confidence builder to get them rolling," head coach Brianna Montgomery said.

Eagle Valley will be a tough test for the Bulldogs, but taking it one game at a time has started to keep the ball in Moffat County's court.

"Any win is a step in the right direction," junior setter Meghan Innes said.

The one thing that has kept the Bulldogs on their heels is not being able to close out a set.

"We never finish," junior Angie Charchalis said.

But that was not the case Tuesday, and most of the team is hoping to carry that momentum into the games ahead.

"Now we know what we can do," Charchalis said.

And what they can do is push teams. The five-game set with Steamboat was intense, as the Sailors rallied for a comeback in the third game.

Montgomery thinks her team is beginning to click. Players agree, saying there wasn't any "drama" on Tuesday and that they communicated well.

Montgomery, who took over as coach earlier this month, is still doing some catch-up with the rest of the team. But with her first win under her belt, she said she's finding a rhythm.

"I'm going into most games blind," Montgomery said. "I'm not really worried about the other team. We're working on what we need to do."

Although she hasn't been able to scout teams, she has gotten a few tips about Saturday's match-up with No. 2 Battle Mountain.

"I've heard they're strong," Montgomery said. "They use a quick slide off the backside middle."

The Bulldogs will have to be quick and play solid defense to have a chance with the Huskies, and the Bulldogs are on the right track.

"Our defense read the ball a lot better Tuesday," junior Kari Griffin said.

Montgomery was excited about what she saw Tuesday.

"The girls worked themselves out of a sticky situation," Montgomery said. "I was seeing them move, and the back row started to get comfortable. They were getting confident in what they were doing."

The Bulldogs play in Gypsum at 6 p.m. today and at home at 1 p.m. Saturday against Battle Mountain.

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