Third straight victory sweep for Moffat County volleyball

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The Moffat County High School girls volleyball team celebrates a point in Saturday's victory against Glenwood Springs. From left to right are Ariel Sanchez, Sharina Simpson, Kari Griffin, Angie Charchalis, Amy Dilldine and Meghan Innes.

— Heading into Monday's much-anticipated rematch with rival Steamboat Springs, the Moffat County volleyball team seems to be peaking.

The Bulldogs blew past visiting Glenwood Springs Saturday, 25-14, 25-22, 25-19.

The Bulldogs have now won three straight matches and nine consecutive games.

"We are on a roll," coach Brianna Montgomery said, "and it feels really good. We are playing awesome right now."

Senior Amy Dilldine agreed.

"We are totally hitting our rythym," she said. "We are connecting well and passing well. We have a great, upbeat attitude.

"I wouldn't want to play us right now."

The Bulldogs (6-3 overall, 4-3 Western Slope League) dominated at the net against the Demons (6-3, 3-2 WSL).

"This was by far our worst match of the year," Glenwood Springs coach Scott Nykerk said. "There is no excuse. We just didn't play well at all."

The Bulldogs trailed once the entire match, at 12-14 in the second game. The deficit grew to three points at 13-16, but Moffat County fought back behind the play of the Bulldog front line - Markie Workman, Amy Dilldine and Kari Griffin. The trio combined for 16 blocks and 16 kills.

"When my girls blocked them so much, it makes them timid." Montgomery said. "They abandoned the spike and started to try and dump volley the ball past our defensive wall. That's where Angie lives."

Angie Charchalis answered, blocking six balls and digging out another ten.

Senior Meghan Innes pitched in with 15 assists before leaving the match when she and Ariel Sanchez collided - head first - with an injury.

Griffin rolled her ankle and Sharina Simpson did the same, leaving the match as well. Simpson returned shortly after to finish the contest.

"We'll be fine," Montgomery said. "I don't think Meghan has a concussion or anything. She's a tough girl."

Simpson was excited, despite the ankle soreness, for today's rematch at Steamboat Springs.

"We've been working hard all week getting ready for Steamboat," she said. "This is the last one for the seniors against them. We won't be shorthanded or anything like that."

Griffin was more motivated than her teammate.

"We really want some revenge and a shot at beating them," she said. "We are coming together really well as team right now. Steamboat better watch out."

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

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