Craig Midway through the Moffat County girl's volleyball season, the Bulldogs had an overall record of 3-3. A loss to defending league champion Battle Mountain had dropped the Bulldogs to 1-2 in league play.
The team was searching for its rhythm.
The Bulldogs found it.
Moffat County dispatched Palisade High School, 25-15, 25-21, 25-15 on Saturday, finishing the season with 13 straight victories.
The Bulldogs (16-3 overall, 12-2 Western Slope League) are now assured of the No.2 seed in the district tournament Saturday at a yet to be determined site.
"We beat Palisade pretty handily," coach Brianna Montgomery said. "Now, we wait to find out where districts are. It doesn't matter, though. We are ready wherever we play."
The Bulldogs dominated the net against Palisade, controlling the tempo of the match from the beginning.
"We shut their big hitters down with our blocking," Montgomery said. "There was no way we were going to lose our last match. No way."
Angie Charchalis led the balanced Moffat attack, tallying 11 kills and three blocks.
"It is a big accomplishment to do what we have done (winning 13 in a row)," Charchalis said. "We have worked really hard to get here. When we are playing well, we can beat most teams."
Markie Workman totaled nine blocks and seven kills. Meghan Innes set her teammates up frequently, tallying 25 assists.
"Our communication has been outstanding," Innes said. "It's awesome to accomplish the goal (winning out the regular season). It shows that we can do what we set out to do."
Montgomery had no idea - while sitting at a .500 record - she would be in for this kind of ride.
"I am so proud and happy for these girls," she said. "The adjustments they made during the season were phenomenal. I expected them to respond, but 13 in a row? That's awesome. They deserve to be successful."
Amy Dilldine had a balanced game, recording six blocks, five kills and seven digs.
"We knew heading into Palisade that the whole teams' goal was to win out for the rest of the regular season," Dilldine said. "We did that. Now, we move on."
The Bulldogs will ride their win streak into the district tournament Saturday.
"We have to continue to practice hard this week," Dilldine said. "Winning is never a given."
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