Annie Sadvar, a Moffat County High School senior, hits the ball Thursday during the MCHS varsity volleyball team’s game against Grand Junction High School at MCHS. The Bulldogs got beat 16-14 in the fifth and final set to fall to Grand Junction, 3-2.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Annie Sadvar, a Moffat County High School senior, hits the ball Thursday during the MCHS varsity volleyball team’s game against Grand Junction High School at MCHS. The Bulldogs got beat 16-14 in the fifth and final set to fall to Grand Junction, 3-2.

MCHS volleyball team falls 3-2 to Grand Junction in home opener

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Box score from the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team’s game Thursday against Grand Junction High School at MCHS:

Set 1

(Team — score)

• Moffat County — 22

• Grand Junction — 25

Set 2

• Moffat County — 25

• Grand Junction — 18

Set 3

• Moffat County — 16

• Grand Junction — 25

Set 4

• Moffat County — 25

• Grand Junction — 22

Set 5

• Moffat County — 14

• Grand Junction — 16

— Grand Junction won 3-2

The Moffat County High School and Grand Junction High School varsity volleyball teams went back and forth all night Thursday.

So, it was no surprise in the fifth and final set when the two teams had to go beyond the 15-point mark to determine a winner.

The Bulldogs looked poised to win after a 9-0 rally to go up 13-8, but Grand Junction used a rally of their own to win the final set, 16-14, and leave MCHS with a 3-2 victory.

“I think we played really well,” MCHS senior Heather Jenkins said. “We kept fighting and we all wanted to win, but (Grand Junction) just did a little better.”

MCHS (2-3 overall, 0-0 Western Slope League) and the Tigers swapped sets to start the match, with Grand Junction winning the first, 25-22, and the Bulldogs winning the second, 25-18.

The Bulldogs led both of the first two sets, 6-1, but couldn’t hold the lead in the first. MCHS never trailed in the second set.

Grand Junction won the third set after breaking a 7-7 tie to go up two sets to one over MCHS.

Head coach Sandy Camilletti said it is tough for a team to win two straight sets after trailing 2-1, but her team was playing well enough to put up a fight.

“The girls were playing so well all night, we weren’t worried about not forcing a fifth set,” Camilletti said. “I don’t think we had any mental errors tonight and the girls played really hard.”

Jenkins said when the team trailed, no one on the team gave up.

“We knew we had to keep going after it,” she said. “In the end we lost, but every player gave everything she had.”

The Bulldogs trailed 2-0 early in the fourth set, but took control early to lead 22-16 late.

Grand Junction stormed back to pull within one, 22-21, but MCHS shut them down to win, 25-22.

In the fifth set, teams play to 15 instead of 25 like the first four sets. A team has to win by two.

MCHS fell behind, 8-4, but Jenkins served her team to the 13-8 lead.

Grand Junction stormed back, tying the game up, 13-13, before pulling out the victory.

“Losing by a lot is kind of embarrassing, but when you lose and it is close, it all depends on how you played,” Jenkins said. “We played our hearts out and never rolled over, so I am proud of how we played.”

Jenkins said the Bulldogs made a few errors, but overall improved in their home opener.

“I definitely could have served better and we made a few net errors, but our serve-receiving improved a lot,” she said. “I know we succeeded despite losing, so we have a lot of good things to take out of this game.”

MCHS will travel Saturday to Fruita-Monument High School.

Camilletti said if the team plays the way they did Thurdsay, they would be fine.

“Our last couple of practices this week were rough, but the girls bounced back and played (Thursday) with confidence,” she said. “I am proud of the way they played and we didn’t take anything negative from this game.”

Joshua Gordon can be reached at 875-1795 or at joshgordon@craigdailypress.com.

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