Sandy Camilletti came away from her first Western Slope League postseason meeting happy with the results. She just wished she could have had more of her players recognized.
“We didn’t have a lot of spots because of where we finished,” the MCHS volleyball coach said. “But, I think coaches recognized who earned it.”
By finishing 3-9 and in a tie for seventh in the league with Battle Mountain, the Bulldogs were allowed one first-team award and one honorable-mention award.
Senior Lauren Roberts was a first-team selection, and junior Melissa Camilletti was honorable mention.
“There were times this season when teams couldn’t stop Lauren,” coach Camilletti said. “When she was on, coaches would remember her.”
Roberts led the team in kills (135 in WSL play) and was second in digs (147 in WSL play).
Sandy complimented Roberts on her defensive improvement.
“I didn’t coach her last year, but I would come and watch,” she said. “Her defense was what I saw her best improvements.”
Melissa credited Roberts with being “an awesome hitter.”
Roberts returned the compliment when she said, “Melissa can make the perfect set from anywhere on the court.”
Sandy said that although Melissa didn’t get all of the accolades as a setter, she was key for the Bulldogs.
“When somebody watches volleyball, they don’t go home and say, ‘Wow the setter really had some nice sets tonight,’” she said. “But, people who know volleyball know that Melissa did a great job for us. Her position is like the quarterback of the team and a lot goes through her.”
Melissa said she improved her consistency from her sophomore year to junior year.
When it comes to her senior campaign, she said she hopes to “work on my quick sets and be able to mix it up more.”
Sandy wasn’t named coach until late in the summer, and didn’t have a chance to take the team to a camp or work with them in the spring.
She said this year she will have that chance, and looks forward to putting in the work.
“The girls worked hard in the time we had,” she said. “But, we were still learning and adjusting from our mistakes through the end of the season and with some offseason time, we can put that together better.”