MCHS volleyball team will play three games in three days

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What: MCHS volleyball versus Eagle Valley High School

When: 6:30 p.m. Today

Where: Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane

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— The schedule is tough.

So says Moffat County High School head coach Brianna Montgomery when discussuing the volleyball season.

"It's crazy," she said. "We have games bunched together all season, games that we have to spend the night and to finish the season; we have four games on the road.

"We have to take them one at a time."

Starting today, Moffat County has three games in three days.

First up for the Bulldogs, 2-1, 0-1 in the Western Slope League, is a home contest against Eagle Valley High School tonight.

The Bulldogs swept the Devils, 3-2, 0-1 Western Slope League, in three straight games last year, in MCHS's final home game of the season.

"We really don't know what to expect from Moffat County," Devils head coach Rob Crawford said. "They beat us in three consecutive last year. They are always a solid team."

Montgomery expects the Devils to be ready this time.

"We caught them off guard last year. We won't have that luxury again this year."

With games tightly compacted during the next three days, Montgomery said the focus is in one area.

Serving.

"I don't want to put too much on their plate : we always work on defense, that's nothing new," she said. "This week the focus is on serving."

The Bulldogs had 20 service errors last week.

"That's an entire game worth of points," Montgomery said. "That's our weakness. We can't give away points like that. We have to make Eagle Valley earn them."

Crawford said his team will be short-handed when they visit the Bulldogs.

Senior Kelsey Foster was injured in Tuesday night's practice.

"That was our team strength," Crawford said. "We'll work around it, though. We're pretty deep at that position."

Montgomery said she could only do so much as coach to prepare her team for this stretch in its schedule. Part of the game is physical she said, but the rest is mentally up to the girls.

"I can show them technique and positioning," she said. "But once they hit the floor, it's up to them."

Montgomery said communication is huge in volleyball. Being vocal and learning to work as a tight group, is what she's looking for.

Markie Workman, Meghan Innes and Angie Charchalis led the Bulldogs last week, but Montgomery said she expects more of a team effort this week.

"This group is tough," she said. "When they work together, they are strong as a whole."

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