Four games was all the Moffat County High School volleyball team needed to finish their season with a win.
The Bulldogs defeated the Delta Panthers on Saturday in both teams' season finale, 25-14, 25-22, 21-25 and 26-24.
"It's just nice to go out on a high note," head coach Brianna Montgomery said of the win. "It's nice for the entire team and especially nice for the seniors."
Although the first game of the match was a little lopsided in the Bulldogs' favor, the overall victory came in a closely contested battle, with neither side running up overwhelming leads such that the other couldn't get close to catching up or overtaking for the win.
In the second game, the Bulldogs came out hard but trailed in scoring most of the game. It was when both teams were tied at 17 that the Bulldogs powered through to the finish for the close win.
Game 3 turned into a nail-biter at the end, as Delta tried its best to extend the match. The Bulldogs trailed throughout the game, sometimes by as many as eight points, only to close the gap at the end. Trailing, 20-23, the Bulldogs thought they had a shot at rallying past the Panthers and earning the sweep, but it didn't quite work out. The Panthers grabbed two quick points, extending the match to a fourth game.
The Bulldogs went into the final frame ready to pounce, as they knew this was their last chance for a win at home this season, and they didn't want to have to play a fifth game to get it.
Still, it took MCHS a few serves to get their rhythm going.
When Delta called a timeout halfway through, the score was 12-6 in the Panthers' favor. Huddled up on the sidelines, Montgomery gave her team a pep talk and got them ready to head back out and sew up the eventual victory.
Again, scoring was close, but the Bulldogs couldn't seem to grab a lead. They would inch up the score a few points, only to see Delta add more to its total.
And just like the third game, the score got to the high numbers for both teams.
This time, MCHS came out on top.
Sitting at 21-24, the home team reeled off five consecutive points for a final score of 26-24, sealing the match.
"I'm really happy with the performance today," Montgomery said after the match. "I have found with this group of girls, when we win, it's because we play as one on the floor instead of six individuals."
However, afterward Montgomery's last words to her team were, "Next season starts now."
She said that while she appreciates the senior girls on this team, she hopes the returning girls take into consideration all of the things they can do "out of season" to be ready for next year's return to the volleyball court.
Jennifer L. Grubbs can be reached at 875-1790 or firstname.lastname@example.org