Midway through their Tuesday night match, the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team found themselves in a familiar spot, having just won the second of two sets.
But, things went a little differently from that point compared to their last game.
It was a battle of the Bulldogs as MCHS beat Palisade High School, 3-1, at MCHS. The game was the second of the season between the two teams, with MCHS losing 3-0 the first time around to Palisade, the second-ranked team in the 4A Western Slope.
“Beating the second in the league, it means we’re good and we know it now,” senior Annie Sadvar said.
The match started out in Palisade’s favor, as they finished the starting set, 25-20. With a close 25-23 victory in the second set, MCHS was in the same position of its Delta game, with the match tied 1-1.
But, the team did not let its guard down, pulling ahead in the third as Palisade started to relent, including the team’s heavy hitter, Audrey Steinkirchner.
“We managed to get her a little flustered, and we took advantage of that,” coach Sandy Camilletti said.
Sadvar said Steinkirchner had been the driving force behind Palisade’s win earlier in the season.
“It was like one on six,” she said.
The team had its strongest moments in the fourth set, leading by 13 points halfway through.
Sadvar said many of the top moments were the result of strong serves by senior Jess Matthews and defensive coverage by junior Morgan Knob, along with the rest of the team’s efforts.
“We came together for the first time,” Sadvar said.
Sophomore Makayla Camilletti said the difference from last Saturday’s Delta game was that the entire team performed as a whole in all areas.
“All our hits were on, and we had big blocks and our passing was good,” she said.
Makayla said despite the previous loss to Palisade, she and her teammates were not intimidated.
“I think we came in with a lot of confidence,” she said.
The win puts the volleyball team at 6-9 overall and 3-5 in the Western Slope League.
The team hosts Glenwood Springs on Saturday for the last home game of the season. MCHS defeated Glenwood0, 3-2, on Sept. 25.
“We beat them once and I know we can beat them again now that we know our capabilities,” Sadvar said.