Craig Despite a convincing 3-0 victory against Meeker High School, you would have been hard pressed to find a single happy Moffat County volleyball player - or coach - after the match.
The Bulldogs (3-3 overall, 2-2 Western Slope) won Tuesday night, 25-22, 25-18, 25-16, against the visiting Cowboys, but the reaction of the players and head coach Brianna Montgomery was anything but satisfaction.
"We can totally do better," senior Kari Griffin said. "We are not playing up to our full potential."
Moffat County trailed 2-1 in the first game and only trailed once again thereafter. Montgomery said the lopsided victory was not as it seemed.
"The girls won," she said, "but we have still have a lot of work to do."
Up two games to none, the Bulldogs found themselves down to the Cowboys (5-5 overall) in the third game, 12-8. MCHS went on an 11-1 run to put away Meeker High and clinch the match.
"It's a good win," senior Markie Workman paused and said, "I guess."
"We are only back to where we should be. We have to play harder and keep it going."
Amy Dilldine led the Bulldogs attack with 10 blocks and five kills, followed closely by Griffin with seven digs, five kills and 13 passes.
"We worked together more this match," Dilldine said. "It's only the beginning though. We have to keep working."
Conversely, Cowboys coach Christy Atwood was pleased with her girls' performance despite the loss.
"With only having one returning varsity player, I'm pleased with the way the girls hung in there," she said. "We are learning as we go."
Montgomery said any win would still help the Bulldogs' confidence.
"Winning is a habit just like losing," she said. "Hopefully, we can get the good habits to continue."
Moffat County will host Rifle High School at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
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