MCHS senior Kelley Syvertson, left, spikes the ball Saturday against the visiting Fruita-Monument Wildcats. The Wildcats won the match, three games to none.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

MCHS senior Kelley Syvertson, left, spikes the ball Saturday against the visiting Fruita-Monument Wildcats. The Wildcats won the match, three games to none.

Wildcats slip past MCHS volleyball

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At Moffat County High School’s volleyball game Saturday at home against Fruita-Monument, it looked like the Wildcats had the Bulldogs wrapped up.

Winning two games to none, and holding a 17-8 lead in the third game, the Wildcats looked poised to breeze through Moffat County.

The Bulldogs had other plans.

The team went on a 9-3 run to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 20-17.

Although Fruita-Monument was able to close out the set and win the game, 3-0, MCHS head coach Sandy Camilletti said the team never gave up.

“They made a great comeback,” she said. “We ended well.”

In the first home game for the Bulldogs this season, Class 5A Fruita-Monument (6-0 overall) was able to jump out to an early lead in the first game.

The Wildcats won the first game, 25-9, and rode a 13-6 advantage in the second game en route to a 25-14 victory.

Fruita-Monument held on to win the last game, 25-20, to take the match, three games to none.

Senior Kelley Syvertson said the Bulldogs fought hard late, but could have done more.

“I feel like we played alright,” she said. “We probably could have played better.”

The Bulldogs (2-4 overall, 0-0 in the Western Slope League) couldn’t overcome several errors and allowed the Wildcats to roll, Syvertson said.

“We just made a few mistakes that cost us,” she said. “It was just silly footwork stuff. We weren’t getting to the ball.”

The Bulldogs will host Hayden High School at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the MCHS gymnasium, 900 Finley Lane.

If the team wants to win, it has to be sharper, Syvertson said.

“We just need to get our heads into it,” she said. “We need to talk and play as a team. “We need to know our jobs, and do them.”

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