The Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team huddles and discusses strategy during a timeout in Saturday’s game against Delta.

Photo by Andy Bockelman

The Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team huddles and discusses strategy during a timeout in Saturday’s game against Delta.

Ruff weekend for Bulldogs

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Moffat County High School senior Annie Sadvar goes up for a spike with backup from teammates Kelsie Pomeroy, left, Makayla Camilletti, middle, and senior Jordan Field during Saturday’s varsity home game against Delta. The Bulldogs lost, 3-0. The team is now 4-10 overall and 1-7 in the Western Slope League.

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Moffat County High School freshman Lauren Samuelson prepares to serve during Saturday’s junior varsity match against Delta. The JV Bulldogs lost, 2-1.

Box score

Moffat County High School varsity volleyball box scores:

Friday:

(Team, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Final)

MCHS, 24, 21, 15, 0

Palisade, 26, 25, 25, 3

— Junior varsity lost, 2-1, and C-team did not play

Saturday:

(Team, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Final)

MCHS, 16, 21, 18, 0

Delta , 25, 25, 25, 3

— Junior varsity lost, 2-1, and C-team lost, 2-0

• The varsity volleyball team’s season record is 4-10 overall and 1-7 in the Western Slope League.

Moffat County High School’s Homecoming weekend was welcoming to visitors to the varsity volleyball team’s floor.

The MCHS Bulldogs dropped Friday and Saturday conference matches to Palisade and Delta, losing 3-0 in each.

Friday’s match with Palisade (12-4 overall, 7-1 Western Slope league) started out promising for the home team, which battled the visiting squad to a narrow 26-24 loss in the first game.

But, as the match went on, Palisade came back more aggressively with each set, winning 25-21 and 25-15.

Though disheartened by the loss, the Bulldogs shook it off.

“I don’t think losing to Palisade hurt us too much,” MCHS coach Sandy Camilletti said. “We were ready to come back and win.”

However, the team’s return to the gym the next morning was met by a challenger also smarting from a Friday night loss.

Delta (7-5 overall, 5-3 WSL) was hungry for a win after an unexpected 3-2 defeat in Steamboat Springs (10-8 overall, 5-3 WSL).

The Panthers dominated the first set, 25-16, in spite of solid coverage at the net by seniors Jordan Field and Annie Sadvar and juniors Kelsie Pomeroy and Makayla Camilletti.

The Bulldogs started to find their footing by the second.

“They would not let anything hit the floor this game, they were really diving all over the place,” Sandy said.

A string of saves by the team from all corners of the court didn’t quite slow Delta, with the visitors winning the second set, 25-21. The Panthers closed the third and final set, 25-18.

MCHS senior Morgan Knob said she thought the team didn’t play its best in the second of their weekend matches.

“We played extremely well Friday night, but not as well today,” she said. “Delta wasn’t anywhere near as good as Palisade.”

The MCHS junior varsity team lost, 2-1, to both Palisade and Delta.

The weekend wasn’t much better for the Bulldogs’ C-team, which lost to Delta, 2-0. The C-team didn’t play Palisade.

“They all keep getting better every week, but there’s still some room for improvement,” coach Vicki Haddan said. “One thing we really need to work on is serving because that’s hurting us in our games.”

Similar problems have plagued the varsity team.

“We didn’t get a lot of blocks on their girls and we had a few more serving errors than I’d have liked to have,” Sandy said.

Several moments of hesitation also cost the Bulldogs points during the Delta game. The ball hit the floor untouched at various moments.

“It hasn’t been that bad, but we probably need to trust each other more,” Makayla said. “We need to be more of a team.”

Losing three of its last four games has put the varsity team’s record at 4-10 overall and 1-7 in the WSL. The team’s next game is Saturday in Glenwood Springs.

“We’ve got some things to work on, but we’ll get there,” Sandy said. “We lost in five to Glenwood last time, so we gave them a good fight. We’ll definitely beat them this time.”

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