Craig Angie Charchalis, Amy Dilldine and Ariel Sanchez.
The three Moffat County High School volleyball starters put on a display Saturday, leading their team to a sweep of visiting Palisade, 25-14, 25-22, 25-14.
Moffat County (9-3, 7-3 Western Slope League) has won six consecutive matches and 18 of 20 games overall during the streak.
"We are playing really smart volleyball right now," coach Brianna Montgomery said. "If we keep playing consistent like this, we'll keep winning."
Charchalis tallied eight kills, six digs and three blocks. Dilldine had eight kills and four blocks. Sanchez, playing the libero position, contributed 25 digs.
Kari Griffin pitched in with 11 kills.
"We are working really well right now as a team," Griffin said. "We are pushing toward the goal of winning-out the rest of the season."
Palisade (6-6, 3-4 WSL) had trouble breaking through the Moffat County defense.
"We struggled to get the ball down," Palisade coach Wendy MacAskill said.
"We couldn't attack."
Attacking wasn't an issue for Moffat County. They touched the ball nearly every time it was close to the net, tallying 35 kills and 17 blocks as a group.
"It's like a waterfall effect," Montgomery said. "Blocking well leads to passing well. Passing well leads to swinging well."
Both teams displayed an up-tempo attack with each side touching the ball three times, leading to many long rallies. The net play of Moffat County was too much for Palisade, providing the home team with a decisive advantage.
Palisade fought hard to come back in the second game behind the play of senior Bernadette Pitre. Pitre reeled off six straight service points, pulling her squad within three points at 21-18. A block by Markie Workman and a kill by Sharina Simpson halted the Palisade momentum and the visitor's ambitions of an upset.
"We didn't play up to our potential," Pitre said. "That's not our game."
Meghan Innes, who led Moffat County with 27 assists, said that winning is the obvious reason why her team is having more fun on the court than at the beginning of the season.
"We are excited about playing right now," she said. "Everything is coming together for us. We are having so much fun out there.
"Of course it helps that we are winning."
Moffat County will face Fruita Monument High School at 6 p.m. Monday in Grand Junction.
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