That's what gets the swing started.
Moffat County High School girls volleyball coach Brianna Montgomery is swinging her girls into a faster-paced offense.
"The older girls have the experience now to bring it up a notch," Montgomery said. "We didn't do much of it last year, and this season, our passing is strong enough.
The first-year coach said speedy passing and frequent touches are the keys to the swing. You've got to be quick and know your spots, she said.
"The girls are looking for perfection, and being in the right place at the right time is the key," Montgomery said.
Getting ready for Grand Junction this week is different than last week's game plan, when the Bulldogs cruised to a season-opening, three-game sweep of Rangely High School.
"Grand Junction is a 5A school. Last week, we played a smaller 3A team," Montgomery said. "We look forward to some stronger competition this week."
Tigers coach Shane Aller-hieligen isn't overconfident, even though his team beat the 4A Bulldogs in four games last year.
"If we play our game, power place and dig," he said, "our chances are good."
Grand Junction has been working on both sides of the net, while making a few minor changes on positioning.
"We are going to switch the middle and right side," Allerhieligen said. "Moffat County was hit with injuries last year. I'm anxious to see if they are at the same caliber."
"We are going to be much tougher for them this year," Montgomery said. "There is no revenge factor for us though. We have set high goals for ourselves, and beating quality teams is one of those."
These non-conference match-ups are the proving grounds for when league play resumes next week.
"We play to win, no matter the opposition," Montgomery said. "They'll be stronger, but we are going to try and slow them down"
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