Ariel Sanchez bumps a ball during volleyball practice Monday. The Bulldogs earned the No. 3 seed in the district championships Saturday in Montrose.

Photo by John Vandelinder

Ariel Sanchez bumps a ball during volleyball practice Monday. The Bulldogs earned the No. 3 seed in the district championships Saturday in Montrose.

Bulldogs going to Montrose

MCHS volleyball team to travel for district championships

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Ariel Sanchez bumps a ball during volleyball practice Monday. The Bulldogs earned the No. 3 seed in the district championships Saturday in Montrose.

— The word is in.

The Moffat County High School girls volleyball team will be traveling to Montrose Saturday to the district championships.

Moffat County was awarded the No. 3 seed in District 8. The other teams that will participate in the Bulldogs' district are (seeding in parenthesis): (1) Montrose, (2) Regis, (3) Moffat County, (4) Steamboat Springs, (5) Palisade and (6) Falcon.

The district is split into two pools. Pool I - (1) Montrose, (2) Steamboat Springs and (3) Falcon. Pool II - (1) Regis, (2) Moffat County and (3) Palisade.

The tournament is double-elimination format, meaning two losses eliminates a team.

Bulldog coach Brianna Montgomery wasn't disappointed in her team obtaining the No. 3 seed, although Moffat is on a 13-game win streak and ranked 10th in the state.

"I don't mind the setup at all," Montgomery said. "I'd like to think that they portray us as an underdog. We play better in those types of situations."

The Bulldogs will play Regis and Palisade back-to-back, and if they haven't lost, the pool championship will precede the district final. The top two finishers in the district will advance to state regionals.

Moffat has faced host Montrose - losing in five games - Steamboat Springs - splitting the season series, with each team winning in five games - as well as sweeping Palisade.

Senior Markie Workman would rather play Montrose, than rival Steamboat Springs in the final, should the Bulldogs advance that far.

"Honestly, I'm tired of playing Steamboat," she said. "They are old news. I want Montrose. They beat us in five (games) before, and I want another crack at them. We should have won that game."

Junior Ariel Sanchez is happy with the team's seeding. She has some words of advice for the teams in the Bulldogs' path.

"Good luck," she said. "We've put in a lot of hard work and heart so far this season. We aren't letting up now."

Moffat County Athletic Director Jeff Simon said no previous Moffat County volleyball team has won 16 regular season games, let alone 13 in a row.

"They should do very well," he said. "They have made the entire school proud."

Montgomery is relying on her regular season routine; it has worked out well so far.

"Practice won't change much for us this week," Montgomery said. "It doesn't mater who we face, we are going to be ready to play."

Meghan Innes was disappointed the districts aren't being held at home, but she thinks it could be worse.

"Montrose is better than Cortez," she said.

As far as the third seed goes, Innes was happy with that.

"If people underestimate us, they better watch out," she said. "When we play our game, we are very hard to beat."

Senior Amy Dilldine said the focus this week is on volleyball and volleyball only.

"We are tightening the straps," she said. "It's all about volleyball. We are going to eat, sleep and drink volleyball."

John Vandelinder can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

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