Craig On any given game night, the Moffat County volleyball team will have a handful of players who rise above the rest.
Not Friday night.
Each girl played the team role to perfection, as the Bulldogs easily handled Delta High, sweeping away the visiting Panthers, 25-13, 25-20, 25-6.
Amy Dilldine, Markie Workman, Kari Griffin, Angie Charchalis, Meghan Innes, Sharina Simpson and Ariel Sanchez all kept the Bulldogs on a roll.
Moffat County has won five straight matches and 15 of 17 games overall.
"We are playing extremely well right now," coach Brianna Montgomery said. "Winning breeds winning."
The Bulldogs (8-3, 6-3 Western Slope League) trailed once the entire match, at 1-0 in the first game. Griffin pounded out five straight top-spin serves to make the deficit a distant memory. Moffat County was a force at the net in the match, with Workman, Simpson and Griffin blocking any ball that came over from Delta back to the Panthers side of the court.
"Our emotion is carrying us," Sanchez said. "We are focusing on winning each and every battle inside the game."
Down 13-4, Panthers coach Leigh McLaughlin called time-out, but the skill of Moffat County far outweighed any regrouping time used by Delta.
"We came out really slow," McLaughlin said. "They are a really strong team. You can't start that way and expect to beat them."
Behind the assists of Innes, the blocking of Workman, and with Griffin, Dilldine and Simpson having a kill party on the behalf of the Panthers, the outcome was never in question.
That was just the first game.
Up 22-14 in the second game, Delta (2-7, 1-6 WSL) fought back. The Panthers sustained three long rallies, but couldn't overcome the experience of the senior-laden Bulldogs. At 24-20, Dilldine stopped all the excitement brewing on the Delta bench stemming from four straight points, promptly lacing a kill past the Panthers, closing out any Delta ambitions of an upset.
"We are working really well together," Dilldine said. "We are sticking to our guns."
The Bulldogs - having captured all the momentum - put away the Panthers quickly in the third and final game.
Tied at four, Simpson reeled off 14 straight service points, deflating the Delta squad, eventually winning by 19.
"I reminded the girls that they (Delta) had lost a game to Eagle Valley, 25-2," Montgomery said. "Whatever it takes to motivate them."
Game notes: Montgomery said senior MacKenzie Maneotis is close to a return.
Maneotis hasn't played this season because of injury.
"She has been fantastic for us all year," Montgomery said. "She is our biggest supporter. She keeps us positive."
Moffat County will have a short rest. The Bulldogs host Palisade at 1 p.m. Saturday.