The Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team’s game results from the 2011 season:
(Date — location — opponent — result)
• Sept. 2 — away — Clear Creek — 3-0W
• Sept. 2 — away — The Academy — 3-0W
• Sept. 3 — away — Jefferson Academy — 3-0L
• Sept. 8 — home — Grand Junction — 3-2L
• Sept. 10 — away — Fruita Monument — 3-2L
• Sept. 13 — away — Hayden — 3-1W
• Sept. 16 — away — Palisade — 3-0L
• Sept. 17 — away — Delta — 3-0L
• Sept. 24 — home — Glenwood Springs — 3-2L
• Sept. 29 — away — Steamboat Springs — 3-0L
• Oct. 1 — away — Battle Mountain — 3-0W
• Oct. 1 — away — Eagle Valley — 3-2L
• Oct. 7 — home — Palisade — 3-0L
• Oct. 8 — home — Delta — 3-0L
• Oct. 15 — away — Glenwood Springs — 3-0L
• Oct. 20 — home — Steamboat Springs — 3-0L
• Oct. 22 — home — Eagle Valley — 3-0L
• Oct. 22 — home — Battle Mountain — 3-2W
— MCHS finished the season 5-13 overall, 2-10 Western Slope League
As the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team walked off the MCHS gymnasium floor Oct. 22, the players and coaches were all smiles.
While the 2011 season didn’t go quite the way the Bulldogs had expected, the team finished the season with a 3-2 victory at home over Battle Mountain High School.
Like the season as a whole, head coach Sandy Camilletti said it is the small things that matter.
“I feel pretty good about the season,” she said Wednesday. “I think every game we had some kind of improvement, but we didn’t always come out on the right end.”
The Bulldogs finished the season 5-13 overall and 2-10 in the Western Slope League.
MCHS won its first two matches of the season during the Regis Jesuit Tournament over Clear Creak High School and The Academy, both by a score of 3-0.
Almost two weeks later, the Bulldogs beat Hayden High School on the road, 3-1.
Both of the team’s WSL victories came over Battle Mountain, the first by a score of 3-0 on Oct. 1 at Battle Mountain.
Camilletti said one reoccurring problem her players had was confidence.
“I think the lack of confidence just came with losing,” Camilletti said. “They would get down a little bit and get the mind set of, ‘Here we go again.’
“But, I think in the last game they proved the can overcome that and fight until the end.”
With the lack of confidence, Camilletti said, came a lack of consistency.
However, senior Annie Sadvar provided a consistent staple almost every night, she said.
Sadvar led the Bulldogs with 100 kills and 20 blocks during the season.
“I think we would have at least one girl step up every game, but Annie was the most consistent all year,” Camilletti said. “Like any sport, consistency is important, and when we needed someone, Annie was our go-to gal.
“When you have a player who always plays consistent, you have a comfort level with going to them in big spots during matches.”
Besides the Battle Mountain game at home to finish the season, Camilletti said the team’s best showing was actually in a 3-2 loss to Grand Junction High School on Sept. 8 at home.
In both matches, Camilletti said, the girls played complete games.
“We had a lot of fan support in both games,” she said. “Sometimes, there wouldn’t be many community members or students, but when there was, the girls could feel the support and it made a big difference in how they played.”
In Camilletti’s second year as head coach of the Bulldogs, she said one advantage she had in 2011 was being able to work with her players all summer.
In 2010, Sandy wasn’t hired until about a month before the season started.
“In volleyball, players can have hit-timing issues,” she said. “Over the summer, we worked on that and I think it helped. Plus, anytime you can get a ball in your hand, it is going to help things.”
The Bulldogs will lose Sadvar as well as fellow seniors Jordan Field, Heather Jenkins and Morgan Knob to graduation.
But, juniors Jessica Behrman, Makayla Camilletti and Kelsie Pomeroy saw significant playing time this season and coach Camilletti said she expects several sophomores to step up next year.
When the team gets going again in the summer, Camilletti said she will go back to fundamentals.
“We always work on fundamentals because you can always improve,” she said. “We also want to get some weight training in over the summer because it will help with hitting the ball harder and jumping higher.
“We have a strong group of girls coming up and if they commit over the summer, we will be able to build the program.”
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