Senior Kelly Edington practices setting the ball with the rest of the Moffat County High School volleyball team Wednesday. The Bulldogs varsity plays Rifle High School at 7 p.m. today for the Homecoming match.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Senior Kelly Edington practices setting the ball with the rest of the Moffat County High School volleyball team Wednesday. The Bulldogs varsity plays Rifle High School at 7 p.m. today for the Homecoming match.

MCHS volleyball looks to build winning streak against Rifle

At a glance

Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team

Coach: Brianna Montgomery-Braun, fourth year

Starters:

Annie Sadvar, middle hitter

Jordan Maneotis, outside hitter

Lauren Roberts, outside hitter

Lindsey Yoast, middle hitter

Melissa Camilletti, setter

Tasha Romney, right side hitter*

Kelly Edington, setter*

Jessica Matthews, libero

*Depending on whether MCHS or Rifle High School serves the ball first

Rifle High School varsity volleyball team

Coach: Heather Sulkowski, first year

Starters:

Bri Bascom, outside hitter

Lauren Potter, setter

Abby Rath, right side hitter

Kali Leigh, middle hitter

Lauren Martin, middle hitter

Racheal Keithley, outside hitter

Adrienne Schmidt, libero

If you go

What: Moffat County High School volleyball versus Rifle High School

When: C-team starts at 4:30 p.m., junior varsity at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 6:30 p.m. today

Where: MCHS gymnasium, 900 Finley Lane

Cost: $5

For more about the teams, visit www.craigdailypre...>

For more information, call MCHS at 824-7036.

If the Moffat County High School girls varsity volleyball team is going to make a run at the playoffs, the time is now.

With tonight's homecoming game against Rifle High School, the Bulldogs can build not just a two-game winning streak, but momentum as the season enters its second half.

The Bulldogs played well in their last game, an Oct. 3 win against Delta High School at home.

After the game against the Panthers, coach Brianna Montgomery-Braun said it was exactly what her team needed.

"I think they have been playing good," she said. "The win definitely boosted confidence, and it showed through the week."

Moffat County was aided by strong play from seniors Lindsey Yoast, Tasha Romney, Jordan Maneotis and Kelly Edington.

Libero Jessica Matthews again drew praise for keeping Moffat County's rallies alive and letting few balls get behind her.

The team will need to repeat an earlier season performance, when it swept the Bears in a Sept. 17 game in Rifle, 3-0.

But early season success should not be an indicator for tonight's game, Montgomery-Braun said.

"Rifle is a much better team," she said. "They were tough when we played them before. Rifle might have been our first conference game, and I'm anxious to see how much they have improved."

Not to be discounted is the amount of improvement her girls have shown, Montgomery-Braun said.

"We have started to swing better, and we're starting to learn what our weaknesses are," she said. "We've learned what we need to do individually and as a team, and we've been able to fix some things. We're more aware, and we're going to continue to improve."

Montgomery-Braun said the game against the Bears is a crucial one because the Bulldogs will face off against a strong team Saturday.

MCHS travels to Glenwood Springs High School for a rematch against the Demons.

But the Bears come first, and the Bulldogs need to come out swinging, Montgomery-Braun said.

"They need to keep their feet moving constantly," she said. "That's why they did so well against Delta. They need to stay on their toes."

Moffat County was able to control the tempo in the match-up against Delta, something they need to duplicate against the Bears.

"When we pass well, everything else follows," Montgomery-Braun said. "As a team, we should be able to control the momentum."

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