Kelly Edington, left, and Tasha Romney celebrate after the Moffat County High School girls varsity volleyball team defeated Battle Mountain High School in the second round of the Colorado 4-A District 7 Volleyball Tournament on Saturday in Gypsum. The Bulldogs fell behind the Huskies two games to none, only to roar back and win the match.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Kelly Edington, left, and Tasha Romney celebrate after the Moffat County High School girls varsity volleyball team defeated Battle Mountain High School in the second round of the Colorado 4-A District 7 Volleyball Tournament on Saturday in Gypsum. The Bulldogs fell behind the Huskies two games to none, only to roar back and win the match.

Moffat County High School volleyball comes back against Battle Mountain

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Moffat County High School's Annie Sadvar tips a ball over the net during the first set of the team's match-up against Battle Mountain. The team beat the Huskies, 3-2, but would later fall to Rock Springs.

With her team's season hanging in the balance during the Colorado 4A District 7 volleyball tournament Saturday in Gypsum, senior Lindsey Yoast said her team decided to play tough.

"We knew we had to play scrappy," she said. "At that point, it was dig or die."

Although the team would fall to Rock Canyon High School and fail to qualify for the district championships, the battle with Battle Mountain High School would be the highlight of the day.

Playing against Battle Mountain after being swept by Eagle Valley High School, the Bulldogs fell in a 0-2 hole.

The Huskies dominated the first game, 25-10, and outlasted the Bulldogs in the second set, 25-21.

Battle Mountain appeared poised to avenge a late-season loss to the Bulldogs, but Moffat County turned into the queens of comeback.

The team jumped out to an early 6-1 lead, but Battle Mountain was able to close the gap to 16-12.

Moffat County again gained some breathing room at 21-12, but five unanswered points put the Huskies back in the hunt.

Moffat County would hold on to take the set, 25-19.

The fourth game was one for the ages, with neither team leading by more than five points.

The two teams played to eight ties and four lead changes, including the last one, with Moffat County turning a 24-23 deficit into a 25-24 victory.

In the third set, Moffat County never quit, even when the plays appeared to be over.

On one play, Battle Mountain thought it had secured the point and began celebrating, but Moffat County spiked the live ball for a point.

"We had been saying all along, if we do our jobs, everything will be fine," Yoast said. "We just had to start talking."

The last game almost was as close, but Moffat County played near flawless volleyball and won, 16-14.

After losing the first five sets, Moffat County started playing with more grit, Yoast said.

"We just had a slow start - I don't know if we were awake yet," she said. "Then we dug in, started talking. Kelly Edington was amazing for us, we had some great passes and we came together as a team."

Edington was instrumental in the win, as the senior

was tasked with serving the ball to the Huskies.

"I was thinking, 'If I don't do my job, our season is over, my volleyball career was over,'" she said. "I didn't want to let my team down. I had to make something happen."

In the second game, the fourth-ranked Huskies appeared ready to win, but the Bulldogs never gave up, coach Brianna Montgomery-Braun said.

"I think they realized it was their last opportunity," she said. "We talked about it being either the beginning of the end, or just the end. It was our choice."

With her team needing a boost, Montgomery-Braun called a timeout.

"I told them just to be confident," she said. "Sometimes, they struggled in tight situations, and they lose faith in themselves. They just needed to stay confident."

With high-energy player Kelley Syvertson inserted into the lineup, the Bulldogs took on a different persona.

"She was phenomenal," Montgomery-Braun said. "She added a lot and had a lot of saves for us."

In the first match of the morning, Moffat County had a tall task in drawing No. 1 seed Eagle Valley High School.

Playing in their home gym, the Devils appeared to be shocked when the Bulldogs built an 11-6 lead in the first set.

But the Devils, with three players taller than six feet, used their size advantage to capture the first set, 25-19.

Eagle Valley appeared to gain momentum in front of a home crowd, and handily won the second set, 25-16.

Moffat County jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the third set, but Eagle Valley battled back and won the set and the match, 25-19.

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