Tigers dominate net, bulldogs

GJ cruises to a 3-0 victory against Moffat County

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It didn't take long for Grand Junction High School to establish volleyball dominance over Moffat County on Thursday.

Moffat's eight hitting errors, combined with up-front dominance by the Tigers led to a 25-12 first-game win.

The first game set the standard for the Class 5A Tigers on the way to a 25-12, 25-12, 25-13 victory.

"We've had a huge focus on a strong start," Tigers coach Lynette Robinson said. "We knew we were playing a good team tonight so it was important to start quickly."

Moffat County coach Brianna Montgomery credited Grand Junction's play, but didn't think they deserved all the credit.

"We didn't play like the team we really are tonight," she said. "I expected (Junction) to be tough but we didn't play with much confidence."

The Tigers came off of a 2-2 showing at a weekend tournament in Glenwood Springs and dominated up front early. The visitors allowed Moffat only five kills and two blocks all match. In the Bulldogs' season-opener against Rangely, Moffat County had more kills and blocks than that in the first game.

"We work hard to get the ball to our big hitter, Britney Richardson," Robinson said. "But we worked well as a team tonight, and when that is the case, we don't need to have a bunch of superstars."

Moffat County struggled to counter the Tigers' team effort.

"We weren't as tall as them, but with fundamentals that shouldn't matter," Montgomery said. "It's my job to teach those fundamentals."

Montgomery said her team's challenge is to believe they can be as dominant as Junction.

"We have a lot of self doubts," she said. "It might take half the season, but we will get past those doubts. We will get there."

Next up for the Tigers (3-2) is a home match Saturday against Prairie View. The Bulldogs (1-1) go on the road Saturday to face Meeker.

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