Moffat County High School volleyball against visiitng Steamboat Springs
Scenes from the second home game of the season.
Results from Moffat County High School's volleyball match Thursday against Steamboat Springs:
Team/Set 1/Set 2/Set 3/Set 4
Although Annie Sadvar had played some varsity volleyball her freshman year, she and fellow sophomore Melissa Camilletti were more properly introduced to the Western Slope League on Thursday.
Both started for the Lady Bulldogs in the second home game and first big challenge of the season when rival Steamboat Springs High School came to town.
Although Steamboat Springs won, 3-1, it was still a positive experience for Sadvar.
"It was really exciting, especially at the end," she said. "I was hoping we could pull through, but we did good."
Unlike its Saturday game against Glenwood Springs High School, Moffat County kept Steamboat close, and neither side was able to pull away.
The fourth game was a back and forth tussle between the two evenly matched teams, but Steamboat eventually pulled ahead, 25-21, to take the first match-up between the teams.
Moffat County had the most lopsided game for its lone win, with a dominant 25-16 performance in the second game.
"We need to keep the fire," Sadvar said. "We can't let up at the end. We need to push for the last four points, but instead we let them come back."
For Camilletti, the rivalry was everything she expected it to be.
"It was a lot more competitive," she said. "We had to work harder. But it was fun because we had to play to our full potential."
Potential is one word the setter would use to describe her team.
"I think we have the potential to be good, especially when we push ourselves," she said.
"What we sometimes do is psyche ourselves out when other teams come in."
One of the big reasons Moffat County was psyched out was senior Colleen King, Steamboat's top player.
But, after a few sets, Moffat County knew it could compete, Camilletti said.
"We knew Colleen is good, and we thought she would dominate us," she said. "After a while, we realized we could shut her down."
Brianna Montgomery, MCHS coach, said her team played tough.
"I thought they played better," she said. "Actually, I thought they played really well. They're starting to figure out what it takes."
Montgomery said the Western Slope League is especially tough this year, and when the Bulldogs beat one of the elite teams, they should start rolling.
"One big win will change everything," she said. "One win against a good conference (opponent) will change everything."
Wendy Hall, Steamboat Springs' coach, said she was happy with the end result.
"Obviously, if we can get out of here with a win, it's huge," she said. "We've had a lot of battles with Moffat the last few years, so I'm happy with the win."
Getting there, however, was a bit rough.
"I feel like we were a little sloppy tonight," Hall said. "Moffat County was able to take advantage."
Making sure her team controls the ball before the weekend's matchup will be crucial for her team's success.
"We'll be working on cleaning things up at practice," she said. "But they were able to get it done and hang in there."
After the Sailors struggled, they were able to rush back together.
"They turned it around as a team," Hall said. "That's one of their strengths. They can carry each other, like they did tonight."