MCHS junior Lauren Roberts uses finesse to tip the ball over a Battle Mountain blocker during Saturday night's match. The Bulldogs won, 3-2.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

MCHS junior Lauren Roberts uses finesse to tip the ball over a Battle Mountain blocker during Saturday night's match. The Bulldogs won, 3-2.

MCHS varsity volleyball defeats Battle Moutain, 3-2

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MCHS senior Tasha Romney prepares to spike the volleyball during the fourth set of Saturday night's match. The MCHS team played a double-header on Saturday against Eagle Valley High School and Battle Mountain High School. The team wore pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Game statistics

Moffat County High School girls varsity volleyball vs. Battle Mountain High School boxscore:

Team Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Final

Moffat County 19 25 18 25 19 3

Battle Mountain 25 20 25 12 17 2

With Battle Mountain High School's girl's varsity volleyball team holding a 16-15 advantage against the Bulldogs on Saturday night in a deciding fifth game, something odd happened.

The ball ricocheted off the basketball hoop at the Moffat County High School gymnasium.

While the officials called it a replay, Moffat County's Jordan Maneotis had a different name for it.

"We call that karma," the senior said. "When we get second chances, we have to prove that we deserve them."

That's exactly what the team did in rallying back to topple the Huskies, 19-17 to take the match, 3-2.

Maneotis said when the Bulldogs had a second chance, she knew she could count on her team.

"I don't trust anyone more than I trust my team," she said. "I knew they would come through, and I couldn't ask for more."

The Bulldogs were not dressed in their traditional blue uniforms Saturday.

Instead, the team donned pink shirts in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

But blue or pink, the Bulldogs played red-hot against Battle Mountain.

Lauren Roberts had nine kills, Tasha Romney had six kills and Lindsey Yoast had five.

Melissa Camilletti had 12 assists while Kelly Edington had 10.

Edington and Roberts

had three aces apiece, while libero Jessica Matthews had 15 digs.

Coach Brianna Montgomery-Braun said both games represented a full-team effort.

"Everyone on the team was great - I don't think anyone had a bad day," she said. "There was more communication, and everyone played heads-up."

Montgomery-Braun said the win couldn't have come at a better time.

"We needed this win," she said. "Although they might have played a little sloppy at times, they fought tooth and nail for the win."

The battle against the Huskies was the varsity team's second match of the day.

The team fell, 3-1, to the Western Slope League's top team, Eagle Valley High School earlier.

In the last games on the day, the C-team ousted Battle Mountain, 2-1.

Coach Kitrina Lacen said her team played some of the best volleyball she had seen on the year.

"They executed, they communicated and played with energy," she said. "This team has definitely improved during the season."

Setter Kelsie Pomeroy had a strong game, Lacen said.

"She had an excellent game all-around," Lacen said. "She hit, set and passed well."

On Oct. 23, the varsity squad will travel to Palisade and on Oct. 24 will finish the regular season against Delta High School.

Saturday's match was the last home game for the seniors.

"I'm a little sad," Maneotis said. "But winning this game here is the best feeling I've had in my life."

Playing in front of the home crowd for the last time was made sweeter by the game that unfolded, Maneotis said.

"I don't think it would have been as good if we had just won 3-0," she said. "I'm glad we won in five - we had to fight for it."

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